Local Elections 2 May 2019

Elector and candidate information, including key dates, register to vote, nomination packs for candidates


  • When is the next Borough and Parish Council elections?

The next scheduled elections to take place will be the Colchester Borough Council elections on 2 May 2019.

Colchester Borough is represented by 51 Ward Councillors, with three councillors representing each ward.

In three years out of every four, an election is held for one of the local borough councillors in each of the 17 wards. There will therefore be elections in all 17 wards of Colchester Borough Council.

There are also elections in 18 parishes where the entire membership of the Parish Council has reached the end of their four year terms of office and the parish councillors must either step down or seek re-election for a further term. Elections will take place for the following Parish Councils –


Great Horkesley



Great Tey

Wakes Colne


Little Horkesley

West Bergholt

with Easthorpe

Mount Bures

West Mersea

Eight Ash Green






The elections commence with the publication of a Notice of Election on the 22 March 2019, which informs prospective candidates of the deadline by which their nomination papers must be submitted and sets out other key dates for voters (such as the deadlines for submitting applications to vote by post or by proxy).

Key Dates

Publication of Notice of Election  - Friday 22 March 2019

Deadline for submission of Nomination Papers  - 4:00 pm Wednesday 3 April 2019

Last date for registering to vote at the Election  - Friday 12 April 2019

Last date for applying to vote by post  - up to 5:00 pm Monday 15 April 2019

First Issue of Postal Votes*  - Thursday 18 April 2019

Last date for applying to vote by proxy  - up to 5:00 pm Wednesday 24 April 2019

Last day for Candidates to appoint Polling and Count Agents  -  Thursday 25 April 2019

First day that Replacements for Lost Postal Ballot Papers may be issued  - Friday 26 April 2019

Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications  - up to 5:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019

Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers  - up to 5:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019

Polling Day  -  7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019

Deadline for Candidates to submit Returns of Election Expenses  - Thursday 6 June 2019

*Postal ballot papers for voters applying to vote by post in the last few days before the deadline on 15 April will be dispatched in a second issue of postal votes on Thursday 25 April. Voters who will be away on polling day and who are in any doubt about whether they will receive their postal ballot paper before they go should consider applying to vote by proxy instead.

A briefing for Candidates and Agents will take place at 5.30pm on Tuesday 5 March at the Town Hall Colchester. Please email elections@colchester.gov.uk by Thursday 28 February if you wish to attend.

Below, you can find Electoral Commission Guidance and forms

Please note that this is an updated pack for 2019 reflecting the change in law to the prescribed nomination paper, to include the new Home Address form. Pre-2019 versions of nomination papers are no longer valid and CANNOT be used from 2019 onwards

Borough Council Election Candidate Documents:

Overview for Candidates and Agents at a Local Government Election

Nomination Pack

Register Request Form

Request for Absent Voters List

Local Government Election Candidates Spending Return

Local Government Election Agent Election Expenses

Electoral Commission Parish Candidates Guidance:

Overview for Candidates at Parish and Community Council Election

Parish Council Nomination Pack

Register Request Form

Request for Absent Voters List

Candidate Spending Return

 Election Notices

The statutory notices relating to the elections will be published here.

Notice of Election Colchester Borough Council

Colchester Borough Council Statement of Persons Nominated

Colchester Borough Council Notice of Election Agents

Notice of Election Parishes

Statement of Persons Nominated Parishes

Notice of Uncontested Elections Parishes

Notice of Referendum

Notice of Poll - Borough

Notice of Poll - Parish

Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations - Wivenhoe

Declaration of Result of Poll - Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Planning Referendum

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