Preparations begin for a day of elections in May


Those wishing to be a councillor at district, county or parish level have their chance to get the ball rolling in the next couple of weeks

The opportunity to have your say on your local district, county and parish councillors is looming.   For those who think they could do a better job there is a chance to prove it.

After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, a big day of elections is set for Thursday May 6.

On Monday, March 29 a formal notice of election is due to be published which will start the process.   The announcement of those people nominated to stand in the election will be Friday, April 9.

Anyone wishing to vote in May’s elections must have registered by the end of Monday, 19 April and the following day is the deadline for asking to have a new postal vote.

A third of the seats at Cherwell District Council are up for election on May 6.   At the County Council all 63 divisions will be open for candidates to stand.

Those visiting the ballot box on May 6 will also vote for the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Town and parish council votes will also be held.

Yvonne Rees the Chief Executive at Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council said: “It’s coming to the time of year when there’s the opportunity for people to exercise their democratic right to vote for those they want to represent them on issues that affect them and their families.

“Councils around the country are currently in the process of planning to make sure polling stations and the election counts are safe places for all. We recognise there will obviously be concerns so ensuring COVID compliance is a priority for us.

“There will be more information in due course but hand sanitisers, screens, social distancing and face masks will be part of planning to allow people to vote with confidence.

“In the meantime there are key dates that people should put in their diaries. This is so that they can ensure they are registered to vote or know how they can apply in a timely way for a postal vote. It’s also important that people have an awareness of who will be standing for election.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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