"...democratic election gives local councillors, like Members of Parliament, a special status in public life... It is no easy task being a local councillor... Certainly no councillor would seek election in order to get rich... but the ambition to serve on a council remains an honourable calling and should be recognised as such."
Lord Nolan's Report on Standards of Conduct in Local Government
The Council of the Isles of Scilly is elected every four years, the next election is due in May 2009. However, if a Councillor resigns, there will be a requirement for a by-election. This can only take place if two members of the electorate sign a letter requesting an election take place. You may download the form to help you ( Request an election - sample letter Opens in a new window ) but you do not have to use it.
Once the formal request for an election to take place is received, everything swings into action and "Nomination Packs" are advertised and are available by contacting Sue Pritchard - Elections , from reception in the Town Hall or by post on request.