Any enquiries regarding nominations or the elections can be directed to:
Key dates for 2019 council elections
|1 July 2019
||Electoral Commission enrolment campaign starts.
|19 July 2019
||Nominations open for candidates. Nominations have to be sent to the electoral officer for the council district health board or licensing trust. Rolls open for inspection at council offices and other sites locally.
|16 August 2019
||Nominations close at 12 noon. Rolls close. After this date, anyone who is entitled to vote and who is not enrolled as an elector, or whose details are incorrectly recorded on the roll, will have to cast a 'special vote'.
|21 August 2019
||Election date and candidates' names publicised by electoral officers.
|20-25 September 2019
||Voting documents delivered to households. Electors can post the documents back to electoral officers as soon as they have voted.
|12 October 2019
||Polling day - the voting documents must be at the council before voting closes at 12 noon. Preliminary results (i.e. once all 'ordinary' votes are counted) will be available as soon as possible afterwards.
|17-23 October 2019
(or as soon as practicable)
|Official results (including all valid ordinary and special votes) declared.
How can electors vote if they are not on the roll?
Electors have until mid-August 2019 to get on the roll before the rolls close for the local elections. After that date, if an eligible elector is not on the roll, or their roll details are wrong, they may cast a special vote. If their name is not on the roll they must apply to enrol before voting.
They may also cast a special vote if their voting papers are lost or damaged, or if they can satisfy the electoral officer that it would be too difficult to cast an ordinary vote. Anyone wanting to cast a special vote must contact the electoral officer by the day before polling day at the latest.
- Enrol now: make sure you're enrolled and ready to vote.
The next elections will be held on 12 October 2019. By-elections are held when a vacancy occurs. The triennial elections of regional councils, city and district councils are held at the same time as elections for district health boards and licensing trusts.
The representation structure for the Council, as determined by the Local Government Commission. in December 2018, remains the same as the two previous elections.