May local elections could be suspended due to coronavirus

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Local elections due in May could now be postponed to the fall due to the coronavirus.

The elections, originally scheduled for May 6, were discussed by mayors last week after being approached by officials on safeguard issues.

Nearly 40 million people are eligible to vote in the next election – which No. 10 hopes will only be postponed for a month.

The elections will include those that were postponed last year due to the pandemic.

Local elections due in May could now be postponed to fall due to coronavirus

The elections, originally scheduled for May 6, were discussed by mayors last week after being approached by officials on safeguard issues.

The elections, originally scheduled for May 6, were discussed by mayors last week after being approached by officials on safeguard issues.

The cabinet office is currently working on different plans to organize the votes in June, July or September.

Conservative candidates have called for the ballot to be held in October if they are postponed to last July, because they fear it will be difficult to find activists willing to go door-to-door in August.

Conservative Party co-chair Amanda Milling signaled last week that a delay was very likely.

Scotland has already introduced a law to allow delaying the assembly elections and Wales is considering doing something similar.

Conservative Party co-chair Amanda Milling (pictured) signaled last week that a delay was very likely

Conservative Party co-chair Amanda Milling (pictured) signaled last week that a delay was very likely

A high-level source from Whitehall told the Sunday Times: ‘Local government leaders have had a suggestion from the government that the elections will be postponed to June or July, but many believe it is too early to guarantee security. voting booths, then brought up the idea of ​​September. The holding of elections solely by correspondence has been ruled out ”.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has been consulted on the delays and he believes a postponement is inevitable.

Concerns about social distancing at polling stations have been raised and politicians fear that door-to-door campaigns will continue due to the potential spread of the virus.

This year’s polls, the largest in years, will see vacancies in more than 140 councils – including 118 that should have been voted on last year.

Some 13 competitions of mayors are also expected to take place, including in Greater Manchester and London.

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