Kettering Council ward election postponed after UKIP candidate’s death

The election which was due to be held in Alan Pote's ward is now likely to be postponed until early June
The election which was due to be held in Alan Pote's ward is now likely to be postponed until early June

The election which was due to be held in the ward where a candidate died is now likely to be postponed until early June, Kettering Council has said.

Alan Pote, who was vice-chairman of the Kettering branch of UKIP, died from complications following a heart bypass operation.

David Cook, chief executive and returning officer, said: “Of course, our condolences go to Alan’s family.

“In these sad circumstances, any poll involving the late Alan Pote as a candidate cannot go ahead on May 7.

“Due to various statutory provisions, the date of a replacement poll is most likely be early June 2015.

“Of course, this applies only to the borough council election in Rothwell and the Tresham ward in the Rothwell Town Council election.

“All other elections scheduled for May 7 will go ahead, namely the General Election and the Rothwell Town Council elections in the Trinity ward. Those with postal vote packs in the Rothwell Borough ward who have already completed them need not worry if they have already submitted them along with their General Election vote.

“We will count the General Election ones and any borough ones will be separated and remain secure, since they cannot be counted.

“Separate new postal votes for any delayed election will be issued. If in doubt, fill in your postal pack and we will deal with it at the council.”

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