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Local Government Act 1993 No 30
Current version for 1 July 2020 to date (accessed 5 August 2020 at 09:06)
291A Countback to be held instead of by-election in certain circumstances
(1) This section applies to a casual vacancy in the office of a councillor if—(a) the casual vacancy occurs within 18 months after the date of the last ordinary election of the councillors for the area, and(b) the council has at its first meeting following that ordinary election of councillors, by resolution, declared that any such casual vacancy is to be filled by a countback of votes cast at the last election for that office.(2) This section does not apply to a casual vacancy in the office of a councillor if the councillor who vacated office was elected—(a) in an election using the optional preferential voting system (including the election of a mayor elected by the electors of an area), orNote.See section 285 (Voting system for election of councillors).(b) in an election without a poll being required to be held.Note.See section 311 (Uncontested elections).(3) A casual vacancy to which this section applies is to be filled by a countback election conducted in accordance with the regulations.(4) A countback election to fill a casual vacancy to which this section applies must be conducted—(a) by the returning officer who conducted the election at which the person whose departure created the casual vacancy was elected, or(b) if that is not possible, by the substitute returning officer at that election, or(c) if that is not possible, by a returning officer appointed in accordance with this Act.(5) If a countback election fails or the returning officer is otherwise unable to fill the casual vacancy by a countback election—(a) the returning officer must notify the general manager of the council concerned, and(b) a by-election in accordance with this Part must be held to fill the casual vacancy.(6) This section does not apply to a casual vacancy in the office of a councillor if the vacancy occurs before the day prescribed for the purposes of this section by the regulations.