Potters Bar residents can have first say on Hertsmere democratic system

Have your first say on Hertsmere democratic system

Have your first say on Hertsmere democratic system

First published in News Times Series: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter - north London

Hertsmere Borough Council is proposing to change how often its councillors are elected.

The authority is asking residents to take part in a consultation exercise that could change the election cycle in Hertsmere.

Currently the council hold ‘elections by thirds’, which means that elections for one third of the available seats are held each year, for three successive years out of four.

This means the six wards with two councillors have two elections over the four year period, while the nine wards with three councillors have three elections.

The council is considering changing the election cycle to ‘whole council elections’ which would mean that all seats on the council would be elected at the same time, once every four years.

Leader of the council, Councillor Morris Bright, is urging local residents to have their say.

He said: "It is important you have your say on how local democracy in Hertsmere is carried out.

"After consulting with residents there will be a special full council meeting in July where we will consider the issue, which you can attend or watch live via a webcast on our website."

If there is support for the 'whole council' approach, it will be introduced for the May 2015 elections.

For more information visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/howoftenshouldweelect

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