Review of polling districts and polling places in Oadby & Wigston
The reason for a review
Under the Representation of the People Act 1983, the Council has a duty to divide the borough into polling districts and to designate a polling place for each district. It also has to keep these arrangements under review.
The arrangements made for parliamentary elections are also used at other elections.
The Council has powers to change polling places and polling district boundaries, but not Ward boundaries.
How the review is conducted
In general terms, the Council announces that a review is to take place. The Council consults the Returning Officer, who makes representations on existing and proposed polling arrangements. The Council publishes the Returning Officer’s proposals and invites comments. These are considered before final decisions are made.
The consultation must actively seek comments from people who have particular expertise in relation to access to premises or facilities for persons who have different forms of disability.
Any elector may make representations. Although not specifically required in law, the consultation will include local political parties and elected representatives.
The role of the Electoral Commission
The Commission has no role in the review process itself. However, it can consider comments if people do not think the review has met the reasonable requirements of electors or taken sufficient account of the needs of disabled electors.
The following people can “appeal” to The Commission:
- 30 or more registered electors.
- any person who made comments during the review.
- any non-elector who has expertise in access to premises or facilities for disabled people.
As a result, the Commission may direct the Council to alter polling arrangements arising from the review, and can make these alterations itself if the Council does not do so within two months.
Timetable for this review
Notice of start of review 4 December 2013
Publication of the Returning Officer’s proposals 5 December 2013
Comments from consultation to be received by 23 January 2014
Report to Council meeting on 25 February 2014
The Returning Officer is proposing to keep the existing polling arrangements and to make minimal changes only where circumstances require.
However, if someone wishes to make major alterations, they should contact Electoral Services as soon as possible, in order to allow for further and wider consultation.
Comments do not have to be restricted to alternative proposals; comments that support the Returning Officer’s proposals are welcome in order to receive a balance of opinions.
Comments should be made in writing to:
Electoral and Democratic Services Officer
Throughout the review, all correspondence will be available for public inspection at the Council Offices. All items will be published when the review has been completed.
Returning officers proposals
Polling district maps
Oadby St Peters
Oadby Brocks Hill
Wigston St Wolstans
Wigston All Saints
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