Residents invited to have their say on Hertsmere democratic system

Borehamwood Times: Residents invited to have their say on Hertsmere democratic system Residents invited to have their say on Hertsmere democratic system

Hertsmere Borough Council is proposing to change how often 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 are held each year for three successive years out of four.

Six wards have two councillors and go to the polls twice over a four-year period to elect one of the councillors for their ward. Nine wards have three councillors, so vote in three consecutive years in a four-year period.

The council is considering changing this current 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, then it would be introduced for May 2015 elections.

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

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