Casual vacancies and by-elections


By-elections can occur in any district, ward or parish if a serving councillor resigns, dies or is disqualified, thereby creating a 'casual vacancy'.

When a casual vacancy arises, the relevant council must publish a "Notice of Vacancy". If a request to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the returning officer, and it fulfils the criteria below, a by-election will be held.

  • For a district council vacancy a request for an election must have the signatures of two electors registered within the District.
  • For a parish or town council vacancy a request for an election must have the signatures of ten electors registered within the parish, to be received before the deadline stated in the Notice of Vacancy.

The candidate elected at the by-election will then serve the remainder of the term in office until the next election. 

The returning officer for South Oxfordshire District Council is Margaret Reed (see details in Contact section of this page).

Notice of Uncontested Election for Haseley Brook

Please be aware that Councillor Caroline Newton has been elected uncontested for the Haseley Brook District By-Election.  At the close of nominations on Friday 22 September only one nomination paper had been received and therefore an election is not required to be held on Thursday 19 October 2017.  You will have received a poll card for this by-election which will now no longer be required.  

Results for Didcot by-elections

Didcot All Saints Parish held on 7 September 2017:

District Wards held on Thursday 13 July 2017

Parish Wards held on Thursday 13 July 2017

District council by-election

Didcot town council by-election

Notice of election for Didcot Town Council (9.9 KB) PDF

Henley Town Council by-election results

Last reviewed: 29 - 09 - 2017

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