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Local elections: candidates and agents meeting 18.03.19

Published Friday 22 February 2019 at 16:59

March 18 2019, Town Hall, Council Chamber at 16:00

There will be an information meeting for all prospective candidates and agents who wish to attend.

The meeting will cover the following topics:

  • Election timetable
  • Nominations
  • Nomination and election registers
  • Distribution of postal votes
  • Opening of postal votes
  • Tellers
  • The count

In particular, the meeting will cover the changes to the nomination forms further to the Local Elections (Principal Areas) (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Rules 2018, which removes the requirement for candidates to have their home address published on the ballot paper and statement of persons nominated at local and will apply for all principal area elections held in England on or after 2 May 2019.  The updated nomination packs incorporating these changes will be prepared and issued at the meeting.

Candidates or election agents on their behalf will be able to request a copy of the up to date register for the relevant ward after the Notice of Election is published (26 March 2019) by completing the form included in the nomination pack and returning it to the Elections team at voting@blackburn.gov.uk.

There will be opportunities for anyone attending this meeting to ask questions which we will endeavour to answer.  If you have any issues or questions that you would like to be discussed I would appreciate it if you could also let me know this in advance of the meeting.

The meeting will take place on Monday 18 March in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Blackburn, BB1 7DY.  Please arrive at the Town Hall at 4:15 p.m. for a 4.30 p.m. start.  Please note that the front entrance to the Town Hall closes at 5.00 p.m., access after this time is via the back door of the Town Hall.

If you would like any further information, please contact the Elections team by emailing voting@blackburn.gov.uk or contacting 01254 585290.

Information for candidates and agents can also be obtained by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

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