Seaton by-election cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

A by-election for a seat on Seaton Town Council has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

The vote was due to take place on Thursday (March 26).

Two candidates had put themselves forward – and the council will now decide whether to co-opt them. both.

My priority is to ensure the wellbeing of the public who were due to vote and the staff running the polling stations…

The Government has given its full support to local authorities to cancel or suspend elections to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

East Devon returning officer Mark Williams said: “My priority is to ensure the wellbeing of the public who were due to vote and the staff running the polling stations.

“In light of the current exceptional circumstances and on the advice of the Association of Electoral Administrators, the right decision is to cancel the election.

“I have written to Seaton Town Council and suggested that the council may wish to consider co-opting the two candidates who were standing for the election.”

Any postal votes already received by the returning officer will remain unopened and will be confidentially destroyed.

Seaton Town Council will not be charged for any administration costs in preparation for the election.

For further information, contact the East Devon Electoral Services Team on 01395 517402.

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