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By-election called to fill 10 vacant Downham council seats



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Voters in a West Norfolk town are set to be given the chance to choose new councillors for the third time in a year.

Half of the 20 available seats on Downham's town council are currently vacant following a string of resignations earlier this year.

And a by-election to fill the 10 vacant seats is now set to take place on Thursday, May 5, provided enough candidates come forward.

Ballot paper being posted into ballot box during elections. Picture: Chris Loades (54472497)
Ballot paper being posted into ballot box during elections. Picture: Chris Loades (54472497)

A formal notice of the contest was issued by West Norfolk Council yesterday and candidates have until 4pm next Tuesday, April 5, to submit their nominations.

The poll is intended to fill four of the five council seats in the Old Town ward, plus two in each of the East, North and South wards.

Borough council officials say the election will be re-run at a later date if no candidates come forward, while co-options will take place if there are fewer candidates than the number of vacant seats.

Applications for postal or proxy votes should be made by 5pm on Tuesday, April 19 or the same time on April 26 respectively.

Anyone who cannot vote in person can check if they are eligible for a postal or proxy vote by calling the borough council's democratic services unit on 01553 616773.



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