Uncontested elections in some areas
Residents in some parts of Malvern Hills District will not need to vote due a lack of candidates standing for election in their area.There are three wards in Malvern Hills District – Tenbury, Teme Valley and Woodbury - where elections won't take place because the number of people standing is the same as the number of seats available. Instead the four candidates in those wards will be automatically elected to the council uncontested. There will also be no elections to a number of town and parish councils.
Polling cards had already been sent to more than 14,790 people living in those areas due to the need to meet legal deadlines. However, postal votes will not be sent to residents in the uncontested wards.
There will also be 13 unused polling stations. They are Stoke Bliss and Kyre Village Hall, Rochford Church Hall, The Pump Room in Tenbury, St Michaels Village Hall, Clifton Upon Teme Village Hall, Eastham Memorial Hall, Hanley Village Hall, Shelsleys Village Hall, Stanford with Orleton Village Hall, Abberley Village Hall, Great Witley Village Hall, Little Witley Village Hall and Pensax Village Hall.
The rest of Malvern Hills District will still go to the polls on Thursday, 2 May to cast their vote for the remaining 34 seats available on the council.
Laura Noonan, Electoral Services Manager for Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We had to send polling cards out to all registered voters before the deadline for councillor nominations had passed in order to meet legal deadlines. It was only after that deadline it was confirmed we would have uncontested seats in three district wards. We're sorry for any disappointment caused but by law an election can only be called if there are enough candidates to contest the seats available."