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Forthcoming Elections

The Lindridge Ward By-Election is scheduled to take place on Thursday 22nd May 2014. Candidate nomination packs and the Notice of Election are now available. Nominations must be hand delivered to the Returning Officer by 4pm on Thursday 24th April.

A European Parliamentary Election is scheduled to take place on Thursday 22nd May 2014 and the Notice of Election is now available. The deadline to register to vote for this election is Tuesday 6th May, and applications for a new postal vote or to amend an existing postal or proxy vote must be made by 5pm on Wednesday 7th May.

Elections for the European Parliament are held every five years and in the West Midlands more than 4 million people will have the opportunity to vote for their representatives in the European Parliament (known as Members of the European Parliament or MEPs). There are 7 seats available in the West Midlands.

The European Parliamentary Elections are run using a form of proportional representation. Voters have one vote only, and this can be cast for either a political party or an independent candidate. Each political party puts forward a list of candidates and the number of MEPs that are elected from each party to represent the West Midlands will depend on the overall share of the vote that party receives. MEPs represent the whole of the West Midlands region and so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting for the same list of parties and candidates.

The West Midlands is made up of 30 local authority areas and each one has a Local Returning Officer who is responsible for running the election in their area. This includes producing the register of electors, sending out postal votes, running polling stations and counting the votes cast in that area.

Once all votes have been counted the Local Returning Officer reports the number of votes cast for each party to the Regional Returning Officer, who adds up all votes cast in the 30 local authority areas and will allocate the seats using a form of proportional representation. The results of the election cannot be declared until all polls have closed across Europe and so the results of the elections in the West Midlands will be declared after 10pm on Sunday 25 May.

Further information can be found at http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/home.html

Rushwick Parish Council - One vacancy is being advertised for a Parish Councillor. Ten electors in the Parish can request the vacancy is contested by election by writing to The Returning Officer, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AF by Friday 11th April 2014. Requests must be in writing and include the names, addresses and signatures of the electors.

Kempsey Parish Council - One vacancy is being advertised for a Parish Councillor. Ten electors in the Parish can request the vacancy is contested by election by writing to The Returning Officer, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AF by Wednesday 23rd April 2014. Requests must be in writing and include the names, addresses and signatures of the electors.

The next local elections for Malvern Hills District Council are due to take place on Thursday 7th May 2015. These will be combined with Parish Elections for all of the parishes within the Malvern Hills District Council boundary, and are also likely to be combined with the UK Parliamentary (General) Election.

Voting by Post

Anyone whose name is on the electoral register can now apply to vote by post. You can apply for a postal vote in respect of elections to be held on a certain date (for example, if you will be away on holiday) or ask for an automatic postal vote on a permanent basis.

Download and print an application form. A separate application form is required for each person. If you are unable to download or print the form please email elections@malvernhills.gov.uk or telephone 01684 862200 and we will send a form to you in the post. Please don't forget to give your full name and address and state how many forms you require. If you are registered to vote within the Malvern Hills District then completed applications should be returned to: Electoral Services, Malvern Hills District Council, Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF.

Voting by Proxy

A proxy vote is when you appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. If you want to appoint a proxy you must give a reason why you cannot reasonably be expected to vote in person (eg. you will be on holiday). Anybody can appoint a proxy for a single election, but only certain electors can appoint a proxy for an indefinite period.

If you wish to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf download and print an application form here. A separate application form is required for each person. If you are unable to download or print the form please email elections@malvernhills.gov.uk or telephone 01684 862200 and we will send a form to you in the post. Please don't forget to give your full name and address and state how many forms you require. There are different forms depending upon the type of application you wish to make.

You can find further information on our website about recent Election results or How to register to vote

For more details about how to be a councillor by reading A Guide to Being a Councillor.

Alternatively please visit the following websites for more information:

Referendums / Petitions 2014

The official notification detailing the figure for 5% of the electorate of Malvern Hills District Council can be viewed here.

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This page was last reviewed 9 April 2014 at 14:57 by Matthew Box.
The page is next due for review 6 October 2014.
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