On Friday morning Downing Street announced that said it would be impractical to hold local and mayoral election in May, as they would come during the peak of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Polls were due to take place in Buckingham on the 7th May 2020 for positions at Buckingham Town Council, the new Buckinghamshire Unitary Authority and The Police Crime Commissioner.
There is currently one vacancy on Buckingham Town Council following the death of Councillor Derrick Isham earlier this year. This will now be filled by the Council co-opting a new member, because a by-election is not allowed at present. As with an election, anyone from the town will be able to put themselves forward. Details of the process to take part in this will be released as more information is available.
Town Councillors have a huge impact on how local money is spent. Buckingham Town Council has an annual budget of £1M to look after parks, play areas, cemeteries, events, planning and the economic development of Buckingham.
Do you want to make changes in the town?
Elections for new town councillors take place on the 5th May. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with your local community and it’s future.
How can I find out more?
Buckingham Town Council will be hosting an evening information session for prospective new town councillors at 7pm on the 9th March at Buckingham Library. The drop-in session will be an informal opportunity for anyone who is considering standing as a town councillor to find out more about the role and to chat to council staff.
What do I do next?
The Notice of Election will be published on 31 March 2020. The period for nominations will then commence, and the deadline for nominations for the election will be 4pm on 8 April 2020. The nomination papers must be collected from the Town Clerk in Buckingham.
When are they taking place?
The Town & Parish Council elections will take place on 7 May 2020, between 7am – 10pm.
What other elections are taking place on this date?
The Unitary elections for the new Buckinghamshire Council and the Police & Crime Commissioner elections will also be taking place on 7 May 2020, at the same hours.
As there are three elections on the same day, the ballot papers for each election will be a different colour.
Notice of Election
The Notice of Election will be published on 31 March 2020. The period for nominations will then commence, and the deadline for nominations for the election will be 4pm on 8 April 2020. Nomination forms can be delivered by parish clerks, collectively and individually, but cannot be sent in the post or electronically. Original signed forms must be provided.
Following the deadline, a complete statement of persons nominated will be published.
The Returning Officer will be holding briefings across Buckinghamshire for all candidates and agents, which will provide information on the process for nominations and all confirmed arrangements for the Counts.
These will be available from the Town Council Office after the Notice of Election is published.