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The following by-elections took 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

To download the presentation slides for the online briefings please click on:

Information and guidance

Here are the election expenses limits for each ward area.

Guidance and resources for candidates and agents

Please visit the Electoral Commission website for further guidance.

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 Mark Stone. 

Contact us - Electoral services

01235 422528
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Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB