By-election to be held for vacant Billinghay seat after district councillor dies

Nominations are due to open this week (from Thursday, November 9) for a vacant North Kesteven District Council seat serving the Billinghay Rural Ward, with a by-election to follow in December if it is contested.

The vacancy has arisen following the death of District Councillor Gill Ogden.

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Candidates can put themselves forward for election, through nomination, up to 4pm on Friday, November 17. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the North Kesteven District Council website at

The forms must be hand-delivered to the council’s Democratic Services Team either by the candidate, their election agent or someone they trust and appointments can be made between 10am and 4pm on working days only at the council’s Sleaford offices. Any questions should be directed to the Electoral Services Team by emailing [email protected] or calling 01529 308352.

If the seat is contested, with more than one candidate wishing to represent the ward, a by-election will be held on Thursday, December 14. In this event, candidate details will be posted on the council’s website on November 17.

If a by-election is held, anyone wishing to vote in person will need to bring one form of accepted photo ID to their polling station – such as a passport, photo driving licence, an Older Person’s Bus Pass or Defence Identity Card. The list is the same as applied in the May elections and can be seen, in full, at

If you do not have an accepted photo ID, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate at before the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday, December 6. This will remain eligible for future elections.

Anyone needing to register to vote for the by-election – for example if you have moved house recently, turned 18 or know you are not registered – should do so by midnight on Tuesday November 28. You can check if you are registered to vote by calling 01529 414155. If you are not on the electoral register, you will need to complete a form at

The deadline to apply for a postal vote or to amend or cancel an existing postal or proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday November 29. You can find out more at

Voters can now apply for a new postal vote quickly and easily online at: There is also a new paper form, if you prefer, which must now be used for postal vote applications and is available at:

The deadline to apply for a new proxy vote authorising someone to vote in your behalf is 5pm on Wednesday December 6, 2023. Electors can now apply online for some types of proxy vote by clicking here: