By-election cost saver
PUBLISHED: 12:21 27 March 2013
An upcoming district by-election is set to be held on the same day as the county vote to save almost £2,000.
The announcement from East Devon District Council (EDDC) follows Exmouth town council writing to election chiefs about their concerns.
Almost £3,000 was spent on the recent by-election in Exmouth which saw the lowest turnout in the town council’s history since it was reformed in the late 1990s.
Town councillors wanted assurances from East Devon council bosses that the expected district by-election in Feniton and Buckerell would not similarly waste money by being held on the same day as the county elections.
The by-election follows the recent resignation of Graham Brown from EDDC.
A by-election for EDDC’s vacant Feniton and Buckerell seat will be held on Thursday May 2 2013.
The only reason for an election not being held at Feniton would be if there was only one person nominated, in which case that person would be co-opted to the seat.
A Notice of Election was formally published on Tuesday when candidates were nominated.
If more than one candidate stands there will be a by-election.
A district council spokesman said: “By holding the by-election alongside the potential county council election for its Ottery St. Mary Rural Ward, East Devon will save approximately £1,900, the projected cost of running a separate by-election.
“It means voters at polling stations in Feniton and Buckerell would be issued with two ballots, one for their county council candidates and one for the district council candidates.”