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Petition notice for elected Mayor

Under the Local Government Act 2000 one of the things we have to do by law each year is let people know about their right to ask for a referendum on changing the Council’s governance arrangements, for example if they want to move to an elected mayor and cabinet or a committee system arrangement to manage the council.

A referendum would be held if at least 5% of local government electors petition the Council for a referendum on whether the Council should operate executive arrangements which involve an elected Mayor or committee system.

The Council is required to publish the number of electors that is equal to 5% of the number registered to vote at a local government election in Medway as shown on the Electoral Register on 15 February 2017.

The 5% figure for Medway this year is 9830 signatures. This number will have effect for the purpose of determining the validity of petitions presented between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018.