• Feniton and Buckerell by-election to take place on 2 May

    22nd March 2013 | News | Claire
  • A by-election for EDDC’s vacant Feniton and Buckerell seat – if one is required – will be held on Thursday 2 May 2013, at the same time as Devon County Council’s elections.

    The only reason for an election not being held at Feniton would be if there was only one person nominated, in which case that person would be co-opted to the seat.

    The potential by-election follows the recent resignation of Graham Brown from East Devon District Council, and holding it at the same time as the County elections would mean taxpayers won’t bear the cost of a separate poll.

    A Notice of Election will be formally published on Tuesday 26 March, at which time candidates can be nominated. Nominations close at 12 noon on Friday 5 April, and the Statement of Persons Nominated will be published at 12 noon on Tuesday 9 April.

    If more than one candidate stands there will be a by-election on Thursday 2 May, and people who want to apply for a postal vote will be able to do so until 5pm on Wednesday 17 April.

    The by-election would only be open to registered voters living in East Devon’s Feniton and Buckerell Ward, who will be posted Poll Cards from 26 March. People can check which Ward they live in by entering their postcode in the ‘My Neighbourhood’ search box on the council’s website, http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk.

    By holding the by-election alongside the potential County Council election for its Ottery St. Mary Rural Ward, East Devon will save approximately £1,900, the projected cost of running a separate by-election. It means voters at Polling Stations in Feniton and Buckerell would be issued with two ballots, one for their County Council candidates and one for the District Council candidates.