Penzance Town Council (East Penzance Ward) has a vacancy following the resignation of Rob Simmons. It has just been confirmed by Cornwall Council (Electoral Services) that a by election will be held to fill the vacancy (sufficient voters have requested a by election). The date of the by election will be announced once the availability of polling stations has been confirmed.
There are various ways of qualifying to stand for election and usually candidates qualify under more than one heading. The ways of qualifying are:
a. Being a registered local government elector in the Parish.
b. Occupying as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area.
c. Your main or only place of work is in the parish/community area.
d. Living in the parish/community area (or within three miles of it).
It is essential to read the guidance at the link carefully – there are various criteria against each method of qualification.
There are also circumstances that disqualify individuals from standing.
Electoral Commission guidance can be found here .
If you have ambitions to get into local politics then a by election is a good learning opportunity. Actually campaigning for votes is a great learning experience whether you win or lose.