Two people are sought to be co-opted as Uckfield town councillors.
This is because in Uckfield North Ward only two people have been nominated to stand when a total of three seats are available.
And in Uckfield Ridgewood Ward, where three seats are available, three people were nominated, including Cllr Keith Everett, but he has since died.
The vacancies are being advertised by the town council with the deadline for applications being noon on Tuesday, May 7, five days after district and town council polls.
Are you eligible to stand? See here in a document prepared by The Electoral Commission.
Town clerk Holly Goring said the intention was to co-opt to the vacancies at the Annual Statutory Meeting of Full Council on Monday, May 13. This would enable the council to start the municipal year with a full council.
Prospective candidates will be required to attend a meeting of the full council and provide a one-page ‘manifesto’ to assist members in reaching a decision.
At the co-option meeting they will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves, give information on their background, and experience, and explain why they wish to become a member of the town council.
The process will be carried out in public session and there will be no private discussions between members prior to a vote being taken.
The town council is not obliged to co-opt any member if it is felt that candidates are not suitable.
Read more about the elections on May 2, and who is standing, in this Uckfield News story: Uckfield Elections – Nominations close and well-known faces stand down.