Electoral Review – consideration of potential move to ‘all-out’ elections

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has recently announced a review of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s electoral arrangements.

The last review of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council wards was completed in October 2007. As a result of population changes, there are now significant imbalances in the number of electors per councillor in some of the borough’s electoral wards. The boundary commission has, therefore, decided that a new review should be carried out with the aim of ensuring each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.

Under an electoral review, The LGBCE will examine and propose new electoral arrangements for the whole council, including:

  • the total number of councillors to be elected to the council
  • the names, number and boundaries of wards
  • the number of councillors to be elected from each ward.

The review is scheduled to start formally in November 2017 when the LGBCE will decide how many councillors should sit on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (council size). The LGBCE will then undertake public consultation on where new ward boundaries should be drawn. Final recommendations will be published by the LGBCE in September 2018 and will come into force at elections in May 2019.

Information, guidance and statistics concerning electoral reviews can be found on the Boundary Commission`s website at:

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/records-and-resources

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/policy-and-publications

Early considerations

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has 60 borough councillors, covering 29 wards across a mixture of one, two and three councillor wards. A third of the council; 20 councillors is elected each year for three years, with a county council election held in the fourth year. This is known as elections by thirds.

The LGBCE has been clear in its discussions with the council that where councils elect by thirds, three councillors should represent each ward so that every elector has the same opportunity to vote whenever local elections take place and the commission will adjust ward boundaries accordingly in its proposals.

An initial task for the council will be to decide whether to stay with election by thirds or to move to all out elections. This is a decision for the council rather than the commission requiring a majority vote of two thirds of the council.

If the council were to decide to move to all-out elections, when all councillors are elected at the same time once every four years, the current mix of one, two and three councillor wards, could continue in the borough. Councillors will consider this matter at the Council meeting on 27 July 2017.

If you wish to provide comment to inform the council’s consideration of any change to existing electoral arrangements; election by thirds, please use the form below:

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