I’m really sorry to hear this you might find the comments below from a Monitoring Officer helpful
Further to my email regarding the statutory notices, I wanted to provide further information on what happens next.
Your current councillors remain in office until Tuesday 9th May 2023. Any validly nominated candidate elected at the close of nominations will take office from Tuesday 9th May 2023.
Where you have uncontested elections, you are welcome to get in touch with the candidates so that you may begin your procedures for them to accept their office. Where an address has been ‘suppressed’ and is not on the notice, we will contact them and direct them to get in touch with you directly.
Where you still have seats remaining on your council, but uncontested elections, you will be able to begin your co-option process. This co-option process should be completed with 35 working days from Thursday 4th May 2023. If you do not have a formal co-option policy, it is considered good practice to advertise for expressions of interest. Whatever process you use, it should be fair and transparent.
If you do not have enough candidates to be quorate, any validly nominated candidates are declared elected at the close of withdrawals, taking office from Tuesday 9th May 2023. The election process must be re-run, with a new date for the election picked to take place with 35 working days of Thursday 4th May 2023. If you are in this situation, we will be in touch towards the end of the current election period to arrange this. In the meantime, you are welcome to advertise for expressions of interest as above, however any interested parties will need to complete a nomination paper and stand as a candidate, rather than be co-opted.
If you have any questions regarding the forthcoming elections, please do not hesitate to contact me.