By-elections and Casual Vacancies
Casual Vacancies occur when there is a vacant position to become a Councillor in a particular area of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Casual Vacancies during Covid-19
Following the implementation on the 25th March 2020 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the restrictions currently in place the Electoral Registration Department will not be advertising any casual vacancies during this time.
Specifically, Regulation 67 of the Act gives a power to the Local Authority to postpone elections in Wales for casual vacancies. Regulations from Welsh Government are awaited and further updates will be provided on the Council’s Electoral Registration Services website.
Should any vacancies arise in your Town/Community Council please continue to inform myself and Hayley Hanman; we will then contact you once we are in a position to advertise the casual vacancy.
Any further queries or request for further information should be sent to:
Electoral Registration Manager
Electoral Registration Deputy
Electoral Registration Department
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Please note the Electoral Registration Department remains impartial for all elections and therefore we do not hold any additional information on any candidates standing. Information available to the public is published on the Notice of Election, Statement of Persons Nominated, Notice of Election Agents (if applicable) and Notice of Poll.
Should you require any further information on a candidate and their campaign you may contact the relevant political party (if applicable), check the local press and social media or search for potential websites set up by the candidate. Campaigning for the election is a responsibility of the candidate and therefore the Electoral Registration Department cannot offer any advice on this.
There are two ways in which a person can be chosen to fill a Casual Vacancy:
By co-option - This is when the Town or Community Council Members fill the position without a public election.
Having a By-election - This is when there is an election and the general public, living in the community, must decide who to vote for.
Casual Vacancy Process
When a vacancy arises in a Town or Community Council due to a Councillor’s death, disqualification or resignation, the process to fill the vacancy is as follows:
- The Town or Community Council notifies the Returning Officer, at The Vale of Glamorgan Council Electoral Registration Office, of the vacancy.
- The Returning Officer will then display a Casual Vacancy Notice. This notice is displayed in the Civic Offices reception area, on the Vale of Glamorgan Council website and at the Town or Community Council building for the specific area relating to the vacancy.
Casual Vacancy Notices
- The Casual Vacancy Notice runs for 14 days from the date the notice is displayed and gives the general public living in that area the opportunity to call for a By-election.
- If ten or more registered electors within the relevant ward (members of the public) call for a By-election then an election is organised by the Electoral Registration Office and a Notice of Election is displayed.
At this stage, any person interested in filling the vacancy should contact the Electoral Registration Office for a candidate pack. The cost of a By-election is covered by the Town or Community Council.
If a By-election is not called then the Town or Community Council is notified by the Returning Officer to fill the position by co-option as soon as is practicable.
A By-election is when a person is elected as a Councillor in your local area.
By-elections occur if an elected County or Town/Community Councillor resigns, dies or fails to attend meetings. If a Councillor position becomes available then the town or community Clerk for that area will tell us, at the Electoral Registration Office, and we will publish a Casual Vacancy Notice.
You will be notified of any by-elections in your area with an official poll card posted through your door. When you vote, the Candidate (person who wants to become a Councillor) with the highest number of votes will be elected.
You will be notified of any by-elections in your area with an official poll card posted through your door.
When you vote, the Candidate (person who wants to become a Councillor) with the highest number of votes will be elected.
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