Citizens have the right to petition for a directly elected mayor.
If the council receives a valid petition signed by at least 5% of the local government electors in its area, it must hold a referendum. If the referendum results in a majority vote in favour of establishing an elected mayor, the council has to introduce such arrangements.
Anyone can organise a petition. The petition organiser is responsible for collecting the required number of signatures and submitting the petition to the council. Once the petition has been submitted the petition organiser will be the person we will correspond with.
To be valid, a submitted petition must:
- be signed by at least 5% of people registered to vote at a local government election in Bracknell Forest (this is called the 'verification number')
- follow the regulations on how the petition should be formatted and how signatories should be recorded - see Regulation 10 of the Local Authorities (Referendum) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000 (as amended)
The minimum number of supporters required (the 'verification number')
We publish the number of people that equals 5% of those registered to vote at a local government election in our area in February each year. This number is calculated from the Electoral Register.
Between publication of the number and 31 March that same year, one of 2 figures can be used:
- the new number
- the number published the previous year
Councils must use the lowest number as the verification figure for any petition submitted during this period.
This number is published under Regulation 4(1) Local Authorities (Referendum) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000 (as amended).
From 15 February 2022, the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors is:
This figure will determine the validity of petitions presented from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.
The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2023 will be published within 14 days of 15 February 2023.
If this number is less than 4513, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31 March 2023 will be that lower number.
Mr Sanjay Prashar - Proper Officer
Bracknell Forest Council