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The following by-elections will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021:

Vale of White Horse District Council – Grove North ward

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council – Fitzharris Ock (parish ward)

Further information

For the key dates and details about voter eligibility for these elections please see our information about Current and upcoming elections.

Information for candidates and election agents

Candidates and agents briefing

Candidates and agents were able to attend an online briefing on Thursday 11 March – to download the presentation slides please click on Election briefing for candidates and agents – May 2021.  

The next agents briefing is 5pm Thursday 15 April.

Information and guidance

Here are examples of completed nomination packs for:

Here are the election expenses limits for each ward area.

Guidance and resources for candidates and agents

If you wish to stand in the election or you are an election agent please visit the Electoral Commission website for guidance and the forms you will need to complete.

Delivering your nomination forms

If you want to make an appointment to deliver your nomination form please phone our Elections team on 01235 422528.

Nomination papers must be delivered through the window by the elections office – please look for the arrows between the main entrance and post room.

More information about 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. If however 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.

  • 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 or parish ward (where warded), 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. 

Contact us - Electoral services

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01235 422528
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

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Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB