Voters in Banbury area reminded of key dates for upcoming elections

Cherwell District Council has issued a list of key dates to help people in the run-up to the upcoming elections in May.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:47 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:50 pm

Elections scheduled for May 7, 2020 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will now take place on Thursday May 6, 2021.

All 63 divisions at Oxfordshire County Council will be up for election on May 6 with a third of seats at Cherwell District Council also set to be put before the electorate.

There is also an election for the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner on May 6 with various town and parish councils also taking place.

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.

Cherwell District Council has issued a list of key dates to help people in the run-up to the upcoming elections in May.

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.

“Please be aware of these dates. There will be further reminders nearer the time.”

Key dates to remember in the run-up to the elections:

- March 29: A formal notice of election will be published

- April 9: A notice of people nominated to stand in the election will be published.

- April 19 (at 11:59 pm) is the deadline for people to register to vote. For more on how to register to vote see the following web link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote- April 20 (no later than 5pm) is the deadline for receiving new postal vote applications for all the elections.

For more information about postal voting see the following web link: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voting-person-post-or-proxy/voting-post