I've had four election petitions in the last three years, but on two occasions, no candidates were nominated. On the other two, a single candidate, unconnected to the petition, submitted a nomination and was elected unopposed. The electorate doesn't care. People signed the petition without understanding what they were signing and with no interest whatsoever in becoming involved in their local council. I increased a precept by more than 1000% and only one person asked for an explanation.
As I've said before, the electorate gets the council it deserves.