Councillors up for re-election after one year
On Thursday 2 May Eastleigh Borough Council elections will take place in all areas, except Botley. This Friday is the last day for voters to register if they want vote in person. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5 pm Wednesday 24 April.
Last year there was an ‘all out’ election which meant every seat was contested. This year the voting pattern reverts to one third of the seats put to vote in three years out of every four. This means that the candidates who are defending their seats have only served for one year instead of the usual four years.
The defending candidates are those who were elected with the least number of votes in their ward last year. All successful candidates on May 2 will be returned for a full term of four years.
At the moment the Borough Council has 32 Liberal Democrat councillors, four Conservative, three Independents and one seat is vacant. The Lib Dems are defending in ten wards while the Conservatives defend two wards and the independents defend in Bishopstoke.
The Lib Dems, the Conservatives the Labour Party and Ukip are fielding candidates in every ward while the Green Party have candidates in every ward except Bursledon, Bishopstoke and Eastleigh South. The Independents also have a candidate standing in Eastleigh North as well as a defending Councillor in Bishopstoke.
There will also be Parish/Town Council elections in some wards of Chandler’s Ford, Hedge End and West End.