Current 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).

There was an upcoming district by-election in Benson and Crowmarsh Ward. Please find the notices below:

 There was a Parish by-election in Henley-on-Thames Town Council South Ward:

Please note the following deadlines for the Parish by-election in Henley-on-Thames Council South Ward:

  • Registration Deadline - Midnight Tuesday 29 May 2018
  • Postal vote Application Deadline - 5pm Wednesday 30 May 2018 (Please note postal votes will be sent around Monday 4 June 2018)
  • Proxy vote Application Deadline - 5pm Wednesday 6 June 2018 (Please note that if your proxy needs to vote by post then the postal proxy needs to be set up by the postal vote application deadline)


Last reviewed: 18 - 06 - 2018

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