Safety first for elections preparation in the shadow of Covid 19

    15/02/2021


    Ballot Box - Safety first for elections preparation

    Preparations are well underway to make sure elections can go ahead safely in May. 

    Stafford Borough Council will be running a number of polls on Thursday 6 May – after elections were postponed last year because of Covid-19.

    Elections will be held to elect a new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, for all seats on Staffordshire County Council and Creswell Parish Council and a by-election for a seat on Stone Town Council. There will also be a referendum to decide whether residents of Stone accept a proposed ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ which helps regulate development in the area.

    The Government recently announced that the elections would definitely go ahead as planned and issued new guidance to ensure this could be done safely. This included social distancing and wearing masks at polling stations and people bringing their own pen or pencil to vote with.

    Rules around allowing someone to vote on your behalf – known as a proxy – have also been updated. More can be found from the Government website

    Electors can find out more on alternative ways to vote – such as by post – through information on the council’s website www.staffordbc.gov.uk/elections.

    The council is also encouraging people who have recently moved house to make sure they are registered - which can be done at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. And letters will be delivered to hundreds of teenagers who have turned 18 and will now be eligible to vote for the first time. 

    Potential candidates for the Staffordshire County Council and Creswell Parish elections, as well as the By-election in Stone will be able to have a virtual briefing later this month. 

    Electoral Returning Officer, Tim Clegg, who is the Chief Executive of the Borough Council, said the continuing presence of Covid-19 made running elections even more of a challenge.

    He said: “Our very experienced elections teams’ plans are well underway for the running of all the polls and our priority is that people will be able to exercise their democratic right to vote in a safe environment.” 

    The elections for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and Creswell Parish Council did not go ahead last year due to the pandemic.

    For more information on elections go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/elections-2021

     

    Press Release No 5737

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