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UPDATED: Two Horsham Conservatives resign from Horsham District Council

By-elections are to be held on Thursday, May 2, for two now vacant seats on Horsham District Council following the resignation of two Conservative councillors.

The by-election follows the resignation of Cllr Chris Mason for the Chantry Ward (Amberley, Parham, Storrington and Sullington and Washington) on March 12, 2013, and for the Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead Ward following the resignation of Cllr Andrew Dunlop on March 13, 2013.

A spokesperson for Horsham District Council said: “Cllr Chris Mason resigned from Horsham District Council for personal reasons and Cllr Andrew Dunlop resigned for business reasons.”

Nomination papers for candidates must be delivered to Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RL by noon at the latest on Friday, April 5.

A statement confirming the nominated candidates’ names will be released as soon as possible after noon on Friday, April 5.

Applications to be added to the Register of Electors must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RL by Wednesday, April 17, to be effective for this election.

Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes, and proxy amendments or cancellations, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RL by 5pm on Wednesday, April 17.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RL by 5pm on Wednesday, April 24.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday, April 24, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RL by 5pm on polling day.

The by-election polling hours will run from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, May 2, and there will be four polling stations – Amberley Church Hall, Storrington Guide Hall, Sullington Parish Hall and Washington Memorial Hall.

The by-election results will be declared on Friday, May 3, and a copy of the results will be posted at Horsham District Council’s offices in North Street as well as on the Horsham District Council website (www.horsham.gov.uk).

For more information on the by-election or electoral registration, please contact Horsham District Council on 01403 215126 or email elections@horsham.gov.uk

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