7 May 2020 Elections

Information on West Northamptonshire Council elections

Update on May 2020 elections

The Government announced on Friday 13 March 2020 that the local elections scheduled for 7 May 2020 have been postponed for a year until May 2021, due to the current and emerging situation around COVID-19.

We understand that the necessary legislation will be approved imminently and this page will be updated when we have more information.

Information about elections


On 7 May this year residents in Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire will be able to vote for the councillors who will serve on the new West Northamptonshire unitary council which will be created on 1 April 2021.

A total of 93 councillors will be elected for West Northamptonshire - three seats for each of the 31 electoral wards which are based on similar geographical areas to the existing county council division areas.

The new councillors will serve for five years, until the next set of elections in 2025. The new West Northamptonshire Council will legally become responsible for the delivery of local services on 1st April 2021, up until that date (ie, from the date of the 2020 election) the newly elected councillors will serve on a shadow authority that will be responsible for setting up the new council so that it is ready to be operational from 1st April 2021.

West Northamptonshire Unitary - electoral wards

Election arrangements

Preparations are underway to arrange the election on 7 May, 2020, which will take place on the same day as elections for Town & Parish councils and Northamptonshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
The timetable below shows the key dates for the election:

West Northamptonshire Unitary Elections Dates
Publication of Notice of Election Friday, 27 March 2020 (by agreement of the Local Returning Officers in the County)
Receipt of Nominations 4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Withdrawal of Candidate 4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Appointment of Election Agents 4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Publication of Notice of Election Agents 4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated 4pm on Thursday, 9 April 2020
Last date for registering to vote Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Receipt of postal vote applications 5pm on Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Publication of Notice of Poll Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Receipt of Proxy Vote applications 5pm on Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications 5pm on Thursday, 7 May 2020
Day of Poll 7am to 10pm, Thursday, 7 May 2020

Standing as a candidate

The deadline for submitting a nomination to stand as a candidate in these elections is 4pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

Registering to vote

If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline to register in time for this election is midnight on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

Arranging a postal vote

The deadline to apply for, or cancel, a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

Arranging a proxy vote

If you cannot get to a polling station and wish to appoint someone to vote on your behalf you can apply for a proxy vote up to 5pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020.  If you fall ill or are called away on business after this date you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on Thursday 7 May 2020