Election deadlines looming

Key registration deadlines are looming for anyone thinking of standing for election to Malvern Hills District Council or residents wanting to vote by post or proxy in the forthcoming Parliamentary and local elections.

Would-be councillors intending to stand for election as a district, town or parish councillor are being reminded they need to have submitted their nomination form by 4pm on Thursday, 9 April.

A list of all candidates standing in the election will be available on the Malvern Hills District Council website from 4pm on Friday, 10 April.

Residents wanting to vote by post have until Tuesday, 21 April at 5pm to complete and submit their application form while  those planning to send someone else to vote on their behalf – known as voting by proxy – have until 28 April at 5pm to submit their completed paperwork.

A proxy vote can be applied for if you are unable to get to a polling station for any reason, are a British Citizen living overseas or a member of the Armed Forces.

You can choose anyone to be your proxy as long as they are eligible to vote.

Matthew Box, Deputy Acting Returning Officer, said: "Postal and proxy voting are convenient ways of making sure your voice is heard even if you are unable to get to a polling station but the deadline for applications is fast approaching so anyone thinking of voting in this way should act without delay.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in standing for election as a councillor, whether it's as a district, town or parish councillor. Filling in nomination forms is the first step towards becoming a councillor and representing your local area for the next four years, and we would urge anyone interested to give us a call if they have any questions."

Nomination forms for those wanting to stand for election and application forms for postal and proxy voting are available to download from, or call the elections team on 01684 862200