House of Commons debates combining local and European elections in 2009

Earlier today the Statutory Instrument to combine 2009’s local and European elections on the same date went through the House of Commons.

Key points to note:

  • The elections will be combined in June.
  • Parish elections can also be held on the same date (the usual rule which would require them to be postponed is being waived).
  • The elections will be administered (and the results declared, I expect) based on local authority areas rather than on Westminster constituencies.
  • The cut off date for the “six-month rule” (after which a council vacancy doesn’t cause a by-election) becomes 7th November.
  • 82% of the councils who are due to have elections next year and responded to the previous consultation said they were in favour of the elections being combined.

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