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Required number for referendum petition published

Mansfield District Council has today (15 February) published a notice which sets out the minimum number of signatures which would be needed to support a valid petition requiring the Council to hold a referendum on whether the District should change to a different form of governance.


The minimum number of signatures (equivalent to 5% of the Districts local government electorate) is 4,106. The District Council is required, by the Local Government Act 2000, to publish this number each year.

The above number will be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted to the District Council before 1 April 2013.  However, a new number will be published in February 2013 and if the new number is less than 4,106, then the new number will apply from the date it is published.

The rules which apply to the submission of a valid petition for a change to council governance referendum are set out in the The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011.  Statutory Instrument 2011 No. 2914.

Mansfield has had an Elected Mayor since 2002 after a petition containing the names of 4,000 local registered voters was submitted to Mansfield District Council.

The petition triggered a local referendum which asked local voters if they would prefer switching from the Leader and Cabinet system of local government to a Mayoral system.

The referendum was held on 2 May 2002 with 54.97% voting in favour of having an Elected Mayor for the Mansfield District.

The first mayoral election was held in Mansfield later that year on 17 October 2002.

Published 15 February 2012

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