Date set for Wiltshire elections in 2021

Date set for Wiltshire elections in 2021

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:44am 8th April 2020.

2 minute read

With no ballots able to be held this year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, plans are underway for next year.

The election to choose a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire is among the votes that have had to be postponed.

A new date for that has now been set - with us going to the polls on Thursday 6th May 2021.

That's the same day as we'll also be voting in the Wiltshire Council unitary elections and town and parish councils elections, including Salisbury City.

General Election 2019
Local elections will now take place in May 2021 (picture from last general election, before social distancing rules were brought in)

Terence Herbert, Wiltshire Returning Officer and Counting Officer, said: 

"This legislation brings confirmation that all elections and referendums are postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, and we won't be acting upon any future requests for by-elections and neighbourhood planning referendums until further notice.

"Please follow government advice and stay home to save lives and protect the NHS, and when things improve this vital element of democratic process can resume once again."

While there is a delay in elections for this year, it's been confirmed that Wiltshire's existing Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, will remain in post until the rescheduled election. 

Angus Macpherson - Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner (Mike Draper)
Wiltshire's current PCC was due to stand down this Spring, but will stay on until the election in 2021

You can find out more about elections in the county on the Wiltshire Council website.

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