When are they taking place?
The Town & Parish Council elections will take place on 7 May 2020. Hours of poll will be 7am – 10pm.
What other elections are taking place on this date?
The Unitary elections for the new Buckinghamshire Council and the Polic & Crime Commissioner elections will also be taking place on 7 May 2020, hours of poll exactly the same.
How will the elections be administered?
As the Register of Electors are not going to be merged before the Elections, the elections will be administered by the relevant current District offices. For example, Akeley Parish Council falls within the existing district of Aylesbury Vale, this will be administered by the Aylesbury Vale district office.
What is the process for the verification and Count, and when will they take place?
As there are three elections taking place on the same day, ALL ballot boxes for all the elections will need to be verified before any counting takes place. This is because the Returning Officer will need to ensure that all votes issued are accounted for, and are not in the wrong box for the Count.
At close of poll at 10pm, the Presiding Officer will return their ballot boxes, and all associated documentation to the Count venues. Verification for all of the three elections will then take place that evening.
The Returning Officer has determined that the Count for the Buckinghamshire Unitary Council Elections will take place on Friday 8 May 2020 commencing at 10am.
The Count for the Town and Parish Elections will take place on Saturday 9 May 2020 commencing at 10am.
The arrangements for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections are being run by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the Thames Valley region. The Buckinghamshire Returning Officer is still awaiting confirmation on the details of the Count for this election although it is understood that the Count for this election will take place on Monday 11 May 2020.
Would you be interested in joining Akeley Parish Council?
What does it involve? There are six formal meetings per year, plus responding to circulated documents and e-mails. Duties include taking responsibility for the village recreational field, children’s play area, allotments and street lighting, commenting on planning applications, attending meetings to represent village interests, applying for grants, spending the precept wisely, and more. You can find out more about Akeley Parish Council by visiting the village website: www.akeleyparishcouncil.gov.uk
In brief, to be a Parish Councillor you must be over 18 and qualify in at least one of the following:
- be a registered local government elector for the Parish
- occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Parish for the whole of the previous 12 months
- had your principal or only place of work in the parish for the previous 12 months
- resided in the Parish, or within 3 miles of the parish boundary, during the previous 12 months.
What should you do next?
For more information, please contact the Parish Clerk;
Ruth Millard, 32 Campbell Close, Linden Village, Buckingham MK18 7HP Telephone: 01280 814739.