Newark and Sherwood District Council gears-up for pre-Christmas General Election
Newark and Sherwood District Council is gearing-up for a third Parliamentary election in Newark in five years.
The district council will manage two Parliamentary constituency elections, Newark and Sherwood on December 12.
It will involve staffing polling stations, count venues and providing polling station inspectors.
Polling places will be staffed in the eastern wards in the district of Newark and Sherwood, and the western wards of Newark and Sherwood in the Sherwood constituency.
Nigel Hill, the council’s business manager for democratic services, said: “We are always prepared for an election and have recent experience, including the Newark by-election in 2014, the General Election in June 2017 and the European Parliamentary Election in May of this year, where elections were organised and delivered within the statutory five weeks’ timetable.”
The Newark count and declaration will be at the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre, Bowbridge Road, Newark.
It is anticipated counting of the votes will start at 2am on December 13 with an estimated declaration time of around 4am.
The location of the Sherwood seat count and declaration will be the Dukeries Leisure Centre, Main Road, Boughton.
It is anticipated counting will start time at 2am.
It is estimated that the declaration time of the duly appointed Member of Parliament will be around 4am.
More than 60 sitting MPs have announced they will not be standing for re-election amid the fallout from the Brexit process, including some former big hitters in Amber Rudd, Nicky Morgan, Rory Stewart and Margaret James, Sir Vince Cable and speaker John Bercow and former Chancellor Philip Hammond.
More locally, Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke is calling it a day alongside Sir Alan Duncan, Rutland and Melton, and Nick Boles, Grantham and Stamford.
However, both the Newark MP, Robert Jenrick, who is the Govenment's Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, the Chief Whip, are standing.
Parliament was dissolved yesterday, but the business of Government continues during the election campaign.
The deadline for delivery of nominations is a week today.
If you are already on the register to vote, you do not have to register again.
If you need to register go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote