Parish Council elections in England are held according to the following rules.
- A council has a defined number of councillors, based on the population of the parish. (In the case of Woodford cum Membris parish it is 14).
- Councillors serve for a term of four years before becoming eligible for re-election. At that point all those wishing to stand for a further term must seek nomination and face a possible election.
- If there are more nominees than seats, an election is held and the 14 candidates receiving the most votes form the new Council.
- If there are fewer nominees than seats. no election is held and all those nominated form the new Council. The Council can then co-opt additional members as it sees fit.
- If a Councillor leaves the Council between elections, a “Notice of Casual Vacancy” is posted, allowing electors of the Parish to request an election for the vacant seat. If no election is held, the Council can co-opt a replacement.
Residents wishing to become councillors should contact the Parish Clerk.