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May 2020 Elections

May 2020 PFCC, Unitary and Town and Parish Council elections

The Government announced on Friday 13 March 2020 that the local elections scheduled for 7 May 2020 have been postponed for a year until May 2021, due to the current and emerging situation around COVID-19. We understand that the necessary legislation will be approved imminently and this website will be updated when we have more information.

The below information was previously published prior to the elections being cancelled and is still online for completeness only. More information will be published here once it is available.

For absolute clarity, all elections in the Wellingborough area due to be held on 7 May 2020 have been postponed, including the elections to the new town council.

North Northamptonshire Council unitary election

On 7 May this year residents in Corby Borough, East Northamptonshire, Kettering Borough and the Borough of Wellingborough will be able to vote for the councillors who will serve on the new North Northamptonshire unitary council.
A total of 78 councillors will be elected for North Northamptonshire – three seats for each of the 26 electoral wards which are based on similar geographical areas to the existing county council division areas.

The new councillors will serve for five years, until the next set of elections in 2025. The new North Northamptonshire Council will legally become responsible for the delivery of local services on 1st April 2021, up until that date (ie, from the date of the 2020 election) the newly elected councillors will serve on a shadow authority that will be responsible for setting up the new council so that it is ready to be operational from 1st April 2021.

Electoral ward north


Standing as a candidate

For information on how to stand for election to the unitary council, please click here.

Key dates

Preparations are underway to arrange the election on 7 May, 2020, which will take place on the same day as elections for Town & Parish councils and Northamptonshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
The timetable below shows the key dates for the election:

North Northamptonshire Council Election

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Timetable of Proceedings

Publication of Notice of Election

Friday 27 March 2020 (By agreement of the Local Returning Officers in the County)

Receipt of Nominations

4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Withdrawal of Candidate

4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Appointment of Election Agents

4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Publication of Notice of Election Agents

4pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated

4pm on Thursday, 9 April 2020

Last date for registering to vote

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Receipt of postal vote applications

5pm on Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

Publication of Notice of Poll

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Receipt of Proxy Vote applications

5pm on Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications

5pm on Thursday, 7 May

Day of Poll

7am to 10pm, Thursday, 7 May 2020


Polling Day arrangements are being made by the Local Returning Officers at each district and borough council for residents living in their areas.

Further information:

A factsheet for the elections to the new unitary councils can be found by following this link.

Registering to vote:

For more information including electoral registration, postal and proxy vote applications, please visit the following websites:

Corby Borough Council


East Northamptonshire Council


Kettering Borough Council


Borough Council of Wellingborough