Councils call for elections to be postponed


More than two-thirds (69%) of senior figures in local government believe the elections scheduled for May should now take place in the autumn, according to a recent survey of council chief executives, leaders and officers in charge of organising elections.

According to the Observer newspaper, lack of venues, volunteers and safety of voters and polling staff due to Covid-19 are key issues for senior figures who support an autumn date.  Difficulty recruiting and training electoral workers, complications in ensuring safety of polling stations and concerns that voters worried about Covid-19 may be disenfranchised are among the concerns expressed by those drawing up local election plans.

The postponement of last year's local elections in England has meant the next elections will be the biggest for several years. They include county councils, district councils, unitary authorities, elected mayors, police and crime commissioners, and elections to the London Assembly. 

The link below is to the full news article on The Observer website.