Local candidates for general election announced

The candidates standing in the general election in the north Oxfordshire area have been announced.

Published: Friday, 7th June 2024

A hand holding an election vote hovering over a ballot box

The parliamentary constituencies in the area have changed following a boundary review, and electors in Cherwell will vote either in the Banbury constituency or in the Bicester and Woodstock constituency.

There are eight candidates standing in Banbury and six in Bicester and Woodstock. Their details are on Cherwell District Council’s website.

People can check which seat they will vote for and see maps of the new Parliamentary boundaries by entering their postcode on the Parliament website.

Gordon Stewart, Returning Officer, said: “A general election gives residents the opportunity to have their say on who represents them at the national level. To be able to take part in the democratic process, you will need to make sure you are registered to vote.

 “If you have moved home since you last registered, have changed your name, or recently turned 18, then you will need to register to vote before midnight on 18 June. If you are already registered, you do not need to register again.”

Those voting at a polling station must show a valid form of photo ID, such as a passport, driving licence, or specific travel card. A full list of accepted IDs is on the Electoral Commission website.

Voters without an accepted form of ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday, 26 June. This can be done online or by contacting Cherwell District Council for support in completing a paper form.

Voters can also vote by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 June. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is one week later, at 5pm on 26 June.

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