Breaking news: Honiton by-election called off

PUBLISHED: 10:43 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:23 15 June 2010

THERE will be no by-election to fill two vacancies on Honiton town Council - even though the required number of electors came forward to request one.

THERE will be no by-election to fill two vacancies on Honiton town Council - even though the required number of electors came forward to request one.

Town clerk Lyn Hargood has revealed "no validly nominated candidates" came forward to fill seats vacated by former councillors Richard Gaughan and Jill McNally.

East Devon District Council has advised the vacancies should now be filled by means of co-option. A provisional election date had been set for the first Thursday in May.

The news comes just a few weeks after another vacancy, created by the untimely death of serving mayor Chris Tratt, was also filled by co-option.

Anybody wishing to stand for co-option to the council should send a written submission to the town clerk before April 24, stating why they want to be on the council and what attributes they could bring to the authority.

Candidates will be expected to give a presentation to the council's policy committee on Monday, April 27.

Further information is available from the town council's New Street offices or the authority's website, www.honiton.gov.uk

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