Local Authority Elections

A call to all!
Why not stand as a candidate in the Local Authority Elections taking place in April this year?
The opportunity to represent your local community as an elected Commissioner is both a huge privilege and a great responsibility.
Good democratic decision-making needs local politicians who reflect the range of experiences, insights, connections and networks that exist in their local communities. The most effective Boards are ones that have Members from a wide range of backgrounds, whether, caring, engineering, business, or agriculture, etc.
It is important that anyone from any walk of life feels encouraged, empowered and confident to step forward to make a difference in their community.
There is one particular area of under-representation at all levels of our democracy on Isle of Man. The ratio of women to men in elected positions is very low: in the House of Keys the ratio is approximately 80% male and 20% female. This ratio is also reflected on the current Garff Board.
It is important to encourage all candidates irrespective of their sex, but in these circumstances, and with women making up just over 50% of the population, these are facts that are worth noting and perhaps addressing – as is being done elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. Countries like New Zealand and Finland are great examples of how balanced representation aids democracy…and remember Lonan was the birthplace of Sophia Goulden! One of the most important influences on universal suffrage, and on the suffragette movement itself.
Go on, take the challenge, and stand this April.

By Election 7th February 2019 – Notice of Nominated Candidates.

Following attendance by the Returning Officer on 17th January 2019, seven nominations papers were received and two notices were delivered from candidates requesting withdrawal.   Therefore, Five candidates will contest the Election on Thursday 7th February 2019.  Please find Link to Notice of Nominated Candidates below:

https://www.garff.im/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Nominee-notice-Withdrawals-objects-17.01.pdf

Notice Of By-Election

LOCAL ELECTIONS ACT 1986

GARFF PARISH DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE OF BY-ELECTION (CASUAL VACANCY)

Notice is hereby given that a election of ONE member of the Garff Parish District Commissioners for MAUGHOLD WARD, will be held on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

Forms of nomination may be obtained from the undersigned at the Commissioners’ Office, 35 New Road, Laxey, during normal office hours during the period up to and including the Tuesday 27th February 2018.

The form of nomination paper includes instructions as to its completion and signing. A nomination paper duly completed must be delivered to the undersigned before 5.00pm on the Tuesday 27th February 2018 at the Commissioners’ Office, 35 New Road, Laxey, IM4 7BG.

In the event of a contested election, polling will take place on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

Nominated candidates may obtain one copy of the register of electors for Maughold Ward from the undersigned free of charge.

Copies of the Local Elections Act 1986, the Representation of the People Act 1995, the Local Election Rules 2003 (as amended) and the Local Elections (Absent Voters) Regulations 2008 (as amended) are available from the Tynwald Library, Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW and the Department of Infrastructure Website.

ABSENT VOTERS

Absent voter’s ballot papers can be obtained only by means of an application duly completed and received by the returning officer –

  • where the absent voter’s ballot paper is to be marked in the Isle of Man, at least 7 clear days before the day fixed for the poll; or
  • where the absent voter’s ballot paper is to be marked elsewhere than in the Isle of Man, at least 9 clear days before the day fixed for the poll;

Absent voter’s ballot papers will be issued to persons whom the returning officer has accepted as being entitled to vote as such at the address in the Isle of Man or elsewhere as notified to the returning officer –

  • where the ballot paper is to be marked in the Isle of Man, at least 5 clear days before the day fixed for the poll; or
  • where the ballot paper is to be marked elsewhere than in the Isle of Man, at least 7 clear days before day fixed for the poll.

Provided thatwhere the absent voter’s ballot paper is to be marked in the Isle of Man the ballot paper may be delivered to the absent voter at any time before the close of the poll.

Application forms are available from the Returning Officer and at any police station in the district during normal office hours.

The Representation of the People Act 1995 (Section 26) provides that a person who is or will be entitled to vote at an election may apply to the returning officer of the district or ward in which that person seeks to exercise his or her vote to be treated as an absent voter.

TAKE NOTICE that all persons who are guilty of bribery, treating, undue influence, personation or other corrupt practices at the election are, on conviction  of such offence, liable to the penalties mentioned in that behalf in the Representation of the People Act 1995.

By Order: P.M. Burgess Clerk to Garff Parish District Commissioners,

Commissioners Office, 35 New Road, Laxey, Isle of Man, IM4 7BG,

Dated: 13th February 2018

The election countdown is underway for Lonan. Polling day follows hot on the heels of TT.

445677_716bf2a2The 14th of June will be the day for Lonan residents to elect two Members onto the Board of Garff Commissioners.

The excellent turnout for the recent election in Laxey was very encouraging; it would be great to see the trend repeated by the residents of Lonan, especially with the Parish’s strong links to democratic icons like Emmeline Pankhurst.

Polling cards will be dropping through letterboxes over TT; these will indicate whether the voter is to attend Lonan North (at The Working Mens’ Institute in Laxey) or Lonan South (at Baldrine Methodist Hall). There are three candidates standing for the two seats, Company Director, Stewart Clague; Teacher, Melanie Christian; & Lecturer, Tim Kenyon.

Sophia Jane Craine-Goulden

man-193Read here about Sophia Jane Craine-Goulden who was born in Lonan, and was also the mother of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

Sophia was probably a miner’s daughter and most definitely a passionate feminist. Like most things Manx she was clearly very influential.