The Halton (Electoral Changes) Order 2020

Publication Date:January 01, 2020
 
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2020No. 60

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ENGLAND

The Halton (Electoral Changes) Order 2020

Made27thJanuary2020

Coming into force in accordance with article 1(2) to (3)

Under section 58(4) of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009( 1) (“the Act”) the Local Government Boundary Commission for England( 2) (“the Commission”) published a report dated March 2019 stating its recommendations for changes to the electoral arrangements for the borough of Halton. The Commission has decided to give effect to the recommendations.

A draft of the instrument has been laid before Parliament and a period of forty days has expired since the day on which it was laid and neither House has resolved that the instrument be not made.

The Commission makes the following Order in exercise of the power conferred by section 59(1) of the Act.

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Halton (Electoral Changes) Order 2020.

(2) This article and article 2 come into force on the day after the day on which this Order is made.

(3) Articles 3 and 4 come into force—

(a) for the purpose of proceedings preliminary or relating to the election of councillors, on the day after the day on which this Order is made;

(b) for all other purposes, on the ordinary day of election of councillors in England( 3) in 2020.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order, “the map” means the map marked “Map referred to in the Halton (Electoral Changes) Order 2020”, held by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England( 4).

(2) Where a boundary is shown on the map as running along a road, railway line, footway, watercourse or similar geographical feature, it is to be treated as running along the centre line of the feature.

Wards of the borough of Halton and number of councillors

3.—(1) The existing wards of the borough of Halton are abolished.

(2) The borough of Halton is divided into the 18 wards listed in the Schedule.

(3) Each ward comprises the area identified on the map by reference to the name of the ward.

(4) The number of councillors to be elected for each ward is three.

Elections of the borough of Halton

4.—(1) Elections of all councillors for each ward of the borough of Halton are to be held simultaneously on the ordinary day of election of councillors in England in 2020.

(2) The councillors holding office for any ward abolished by article 3(1) immediately before the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of councillors in England in 2020 are to retire on that fourth day, and the newly elected councillors are to come into office on that fourth day.

(3) Of the councillors elected for a ward in 2020, one is to retire on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of councillors in England in 2022, one is to retire on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of councillors in England in 2023 and one on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of councillors in England in 2024.

(4) Of the councillors elected in 2020—

(a) the first councillor for each ward to retire is to be the councillor elected by the smallest number of votes; and

(b) the second councillor for each ward to retire is to be the councillor elected by the next smallest number of votes.

(5) In the case of an equality of votes between any persons elected which makes it uncertain which of them is to retire in any year, the person to retire in that year is to be determined by lot.

(6) If an election of councillors for any ward is not contested, the person to retire in each year is to be determined by lot.

(7) An election to replace a councillor who is to retire...

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