Casual vacancies and by-elections
By-elections can occur in any district, ward or parish if a serving councillor resigns, dies or is disqualified, thereby creating a 'casual vacancy'.
When a casual vacancy arises, the relevant council must publish a "Notice of Vacancy". If a request to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the returning officer, and it fulfils the criteria below, a by-election will be held.
- For a district council vacancy a request for an election must have the signatures of two electors registered within the District.
- For a parish or town council vacancy a request for an election must have the signatures of ten electors registered within the parish, to be received before the deadline stated in the Notice of Vacancy.
The candidate elected at the by-election will then serve the remainder of the term in office until the next election.
The returning officer for Vale of White Horse District Council is Margaret Reed (see details in Contact section of this page).
Last reviewed: 03 - 07 - 2017