Current vacancies and elections
By-elections on Thursday 30 September 2021
There are by elections taking place on Thursday 30 September 2021 for The Rows ward of West Suffolk Council and various Town and Parish Council vacancies. Election timetables, the Notice of Election and Statement of Persons Nominated for each can be found below:
- Kedington Parish Council - Notice of Vacancy - 27 August 2021
- Kedington Parish Council - Notice of Vacancy - 31 August 2021
- Brandon Town Council (Central Ward) - Notice of Vacancy - 10 September 2021
- Barrow cum Denham Parish Council - Notice of Vacancy - 14 September 2021
To request that an election be held to fill one of the above vacancies, please print, fill in and sign the appropriate form below and email this to the Returning Officer at email@example.com by the specified deadline.
Please be aware that, under section 228 of the Local Government Act 1972, the names of those who have called for an election are subject to public inspection. If you are canvassing for people to call for an election, please ensure that individuals are made aware that, if they do support the request for an election, their name is subject to public inspection in accordance with section 228 of the Local Government Act 1972.
- Request for an election - parish or town council vacancy (Word)
- Request for an election - parish or town council vacancy (PDF)
- Request for an election - local government (district or county council) vacancy (Word)
- Request for an election - local government (district or county council) vacancy (PDF)
If a councillor leaves their seat during the course of their term, a casual vacancy will occur. This may happen because a councillor has resigned, passed away, become disqualified (or ceased to be qualified) or because of a failure to take up office.
The rules for casual vacancies are different depending on whether the seat is for a district or county council, or for a parish or town council, however, a notice of vacancy will be displayed to advertise the vacancy.
The list of current vacancies can be found above.
If an election is called following a notice of vacancy being displayed, a by-election would be held. The date for the by-election will be set within required timescales and it would be advertised by the publication of a notice of election which marks the start of the election process.
Details of any by elections can be found above.
How to request an election
District and county councils
When a councillor's seat becomes vacant, a notice of vacancy will be displayed to advertise that vacancy.
The notice explains that an election can be called by a request, made in writing, to the council's proper officer by two electors from the authority’s area.
If an election is called, it must be held within 35 days of the notice. The exception to this is that if a vacancy occurs within six months of the date of the next scheduled elections, the vacancy is carried over to the next elections. The seat will remain vacant during that time and no by-election will be held.
Parish and town councils
The parish or town clerk will display a notice of vacancy in the parish area. The notice shall explain that an election can be called by a request, made in writing, to the district council's proper officer by 10 electors from the parish area, within 14 working days of the date of the notice.
If an election is called, it must be held within 60 days of the notice. If no request is received then the town or parish council may choose to appoint someone by co-option into the vacant seat.
The notice of vacancy must run its course before the town/parish council has the opportunity to co-opt a new councillor as this gives the electors of the parish a chance to call an election if they wish to.
If the vacancy occurs within six months of the date of the next scheduled elections for that council then no election will be held, and the seat may remain vacant until it is filled at the next elections, or the council may choose to appoint someone by co-option into the vacant seat.
Past election results
For details of past election results, visit our election results pages.