Elections 6 May 2021 – Candidates and Agents
Elections for the postponed Police & Crime Commissioner and the scheduled Hampshire County Council elections are due to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.
These elections will be like no other. We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you have become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, social distancing and the requirement to wear face coverings. Guidance is still being developed, but electors are welcome to use their own pen or pencil in the polling station. We are working with Government, members of the electoral community and Public Health teams to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections. Electors can of course choose to vote by post or proxy should they wish and we will be encouraging electors to apply for these sooner rather than later where possible.
Electors can find out more information about registering to vote in this elections and how to apply for an absent vote by visiting our Elections 2021 webpage.
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
Nominations for the Police and Crime Commission elections are dealt with by the Police Area Returning Officer, Mark Heath, at Southampton City Council. For more information on standing for election in the PCC elections, please visit the PARO website.
Hampshire County Council Elections
Test Valley Borough Council will be administering the elections for the seven County Divisions that fall within the Test Valley area on behalf of Hampshire County Council. Further information about what the role of a County Councillor entails can be found here. The Electoral Commission's Guidance for Candidates and Agents will also provide you with further advice on the processes you will need to follow to stand for election.
Test Valley Borough Council By-Elections
There will also be by-elections held for the following Test Valley Borough Council Wards:
- Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams
- Andover Millway
- Andover St Mary's
If you are interested in standing for election to Test Valley Borough Council, further information about becoming a councillor can be found here. The Electoral Commission's Guidance for Candidates and Agents will also provide you with further advice on the processes you will need to follow to stand for election.
Parish and Town Council By-Elections
There will be by-elections for a number of Parish and Town Council vacancies. If you are interested in standing for election for a Parish or Town Council within the Test Valley area, more information about what is required from councillors in terms of expectation and committment can be obtained directly from the Parish Clerk. The contact details for all our parish and town councils can be found here. The Electoral Commission's Guidance for Candidates and Agents at Parish and Community Council elections will also provide you with further advice on the processes you will need to follow to stand for election.
General Information and Contact Details
As with national elections, you and your campaigners should also have regard to the Electoral Commission's Code of Conduct for Campaigners, which outlines what is, and what is not, acceptable behaviour at polling stations and in the community during the lead up to polling day.
If you are planning to be a Candidate or Agent in these elections, please contact us as soon as possible on email@example.com, providing your full name, contact telephone number and contact email address. Alternatively, we can be contacted on 01264 368000.
This information will be added to our distribution list so, as relevant information becomes available, it can be sent to you. If you do not already have an email address, you are advised to set one up if possible. The timetable is tight and, if you are relying on information coming to you in the post, you may miss a critical deadline.
Candidates and Agents Briefing
A briefing for candidates and agents to cover the processes and requirement for nomination, as well as arrangements for polling day and the count, will be held on Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 5.30pm via Microsoft Teams. This briefing is open to anyone who is considering standing for election and/or their agents. If you would like to attend this briefing and would like us to send you the link to join the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The timetable for these elections, including statutory deadlines, is as follows:
Publication of Notice of Election
|Monday 22 March 2021|
|Deadline for receipt of nominations||
4:00pm Thursday 8 April 2021
|Deadline for withdrawal of Candidate||4:00pm Thursday 8 April 2021|
|Deadline for appointment of Election Agents||4:00pm Thursday 8 April 2021|
|Publication of Notice of Election Agents||Thursday 8 April 2021|
|Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated||4:00pm Friday 9 April 2021|
|Last date to register to vote||Monday 19 April 2021|
|Deadline for receipt of postal vote applications||5:00pm Tuesday 20 April 2021|
|Publication of Notice of Poll||Tuesday 27 April 2021|
|Deadline for receipt of proxy vote applications||5:00pm Tuesday 27 April 2021|
|Deadline for appointment of Poll and Count Agents||Wednesday 28 April 2021|
|First date that replacement lost postal ballot papers can be issued||Thursday 29 April 2021|
|Deadline for receipt of Emergency proxy vote applications||5.00pm Thursday 6 May 2021|
|DAY OF POLL||Thursday 6 May 2021|
|Return of Election Expenses (County and Borough)||Friday 11 June 2021|
|Return of Election Expenses (Parish)||Thursday 3 June 2021|