District Council Vacancies
If a seat becomes vacant on the District Council, the appropriate local authority is required to give public notice. The Returning Officer will fix the date of the election as follows:-
- in a case in which the High Court or the Council have declared the office to be vacant, within 35 computed days from the date of the declaration; and
- in any other case, within 35 computed days of a written request for an election to be held. The request must be given to the Proper Officer of the authority, by two local government electors for the area.
If a vacancy arises within six months of the date on which that councillor's term of office expires, the election will take place at the next ordinary election. The only exception to this six month rule is where the total number of unfilled vacancies on the Council exceeds one third of the total membership of the Council.