FOLLOWING the resignation of former councillor Lucy Nethsingha a by-election to fill the vacancy has been set for Thursday 8 August.
Residents in the Newnham ward of the city are being reminded to ensure that they are registered to vote ahead of the poll. Anyone who is not registered must do so by 23:59 on Tuesday 23 July by either going online to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or calling 01223 457048 for a paper application form.
If you are registered but will be away on 8 August, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote by downloading a form from www.yourvotematters.co.uk
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 July and the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 31 July.
Postal vote packs for existing postal voters and new applications received by 10 July will be issued on 17 July and for applications made between 11 July and 24 July, these will be issued on 26 July.
Postal votes are sent first-class but as polling day falls in the holiday season, postal voters may well be away at the time postal votes arrive in the mail or not back in time to post them back.
Postal votes can be sent anywhere in the UK but we do not advise they be sent abroad, as overseas postal systems can cause delays. We recommend that if residents have any concerns about this that they appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.
Poll cards will be issued to electors in the Newnham ward shortly.
Antoinette Jackson, Returning Officer for the by-election said: “This by-election is a chance for Newnham residents to choose someone to represent them on the city council. I would encourage people to register to vote, even if they are not yet sure they want to vote. If you are concerned to you may be away when your postal vote is sent out, you can always apply to have a proxy vote instead.”