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So what does a paper candidate have to do?
The main task is to gather the signatures of ten people in the ward you are standing in who 'assent' to your candidature. Most of you will be able to stand in the ward in which you live (and hence get to vote for yourself! How cool is that?) and should be able to get 10 signatures from your immediate neighbours, friends and other EGP members. There are currently 6 wards, though, where we have no members, so the candidates there will need to knock on doors to gather signatures. It's not as bad as it sounds, as most people sign quite happily once they are assured that they aren't committing themselves to anything (not even voting for you!) and you can take a friend or EGP colleague with you for moral support, or even to do the talking. Apart from that, there are a few forms to sign, which our Election Agents will fill in - and that's it! Turning up for the count is fun in a tedious sort of way, but not obligatory.
What don't you have to do?
We have, alas, no chance of winning any seats with paper candidates, so there's no risk of ending up as a councillor. If you want to end up as a councillor, you should probably be standing in our target ward! You won't have to do any hustings (unless you want to, and probably not even then).
Someone will phone you about this but feel free to volunteer now!
First published in the EGP members newsletter, December 2013
Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ