West Northamptonshire Council unitary election

On 7th May this year residents in Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire will be able to vote for the councillors who will serve on the new West Northamptonshire unitary council which will be created on 1st April 2021.

A total of 93 councillors will be elected for West Northamptonshire – three seats for each of the 31 electoral wards which are based on similar geographical areas to the existing county council division areas.

The new councillors will serve for five years, until the next set of elections in 2025. The new West Northamptonshire Council will legally become responsible for the delivery of local services on 1st April 2021, up until that date (ie, from the date of the 2020 election) the newly elected councillors will serve on a shadow authority that will be responsible for setting up the new council so that it is ready to be operational from 1st April 2021.

Preparations are underway to arrange the election on 7th May, 2020, which will take place on the same day as elections for Town & Parish councils and Northamptonshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

The timetable below shows the key dates for the election:

Thursday 7 May 2020 - Timetable of Proceedings

Publication of Notice of Election

Friday, 27 March 2020 (by agreement of the Local Returning Officers in the County)

Receipt of Nominations

4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Withdrawal of Candidate

4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Appointment of Election Agents

4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Publication of Notice of Election Agents

4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated

4pm on Thursday, 9 April 2020

Last date for registering to vote

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Receipt of postal vote applications

5pm on Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

Publication of Notice of Poll

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Receipt of Proxy Vote applications

5pm on Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications

5pm on Thursday, 7 May

Day of Poll

7am to 10pm, Thursday, 7 May 2020

Polling Day arrangements are being made by the Local Returning Officers at each district and borough council for residents living in their areas.

For more information including electoral registration, postal and proxy vote applications, please visit the following websites:

Daventry District Council

Northampton Borough Council

South Northamptonshire Council