Under the Local Government Act 2000, each year we let people know about their right to ask for a referendum on changing the council’s governance arrangements such as wanting 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 petitioned 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 2018.

The 5% figure for Medway this year is 9936 signatures. This number will have effect for the purpose of determining the validity of petitions presented between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. However, a new figure will be published in February 2019 and if the new figure is less than 9936, the new figure will apply from the date it is published.