Local Elections 2021: Everything you need to know about the West Northamptonshire Council count and when results are expected
An everything you need to know guide, including what time the results from each ward are expected to be declared
The votes are cast and there is nothing more that candidates can do to be elected to represent one of the two new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire.
All that remains now is the (not so small) matter of confirming the results of the election.
This time around the verification and count will take place at The Wing complex at Silverstone Circuit, where there is ample space to organise the important day in a Covid-safe way.
The verification of the votes began once polling stations closed at 10pm last night (May 6).
All of the ballot boxes from the West Northamptonshire Council area (around 280) were taken to Silverstone where staff checked that the number of votes inside match the ballot paper accounts completed by polling station staff.
Once the votes are verified, they are ready to be counted...
Today (May 7), from midday, the counting will begin for the historic first election for the West Northamptonshire Council.
It is a particularly poignant count as it will be the first time anyone is elected to represent the new authority.
Around 140 staff will be on hand to count the ballot papers using kangaroo boards, which allow papers to be counted in batches and more quickly, before votes are totalled and transferred to a summary sheet, tallied and then put onto a master sheet.
Within the wing at Silverstone, there will be three counting halls, one for each area that makes up the new council - Northampton, Daventry and South Northamptonshire.
All 31 wards will be allotted a two hour time slot, in which the votes from each ward will be counted.
Below is a list of all the wards and the time slots for when the votes will be counted.
(The turnout percentage should be announced early on in the day)
Headlands: 12pm - 2pm
Talavera: 12pm - 2pm
Kingsthorpe North: 12pm - 2pm
Sixfields:12pm - 2pm
Billing & Rectory Farm: 12pm - 2pm
Abington & Phippsville: 12pm - 2pm
Boothville & Parklands: 3pm - 5pm
St George: 3pm - 5pm
East Hunsbury & Shelfleys: 3pm - 5pm
Nene Valley: 3pm - 5pm
Delapre & Rushmere: 3pm - 5pm
Riverside Park: 3pm - 5pm
Kingsthorpe South: 6pm - 8pm
Duston East: 6pm - 8pm
Dallington Spencer: 6pm - 8pm
Castle: 6pm - 8pm
Duston West & St Crispin: 6pm - 8pm
Long Buckby: 12pm - 2pm
Braunston & Crick: 12pm - 2pm
Moulton: 12pm - 2pm
Woodford & Weedon: 3pm - 5pm
Daventry West: 3pm - 5pm
Daventry East: 3pm - 5pm
Brixworth: 6pm - 8pm
Towcester & Roade: 12pm - 2pm
Bugbrooke: 12pm - 2pm
Brackley: 12pm - 2pm
Hackleton & Grange Park: 3pm - 5pm
Middleton Cheney: 3pm - 5pm
Deanshanger: 3pm - 5pm
Silverstone: 6pm - 8pm
Each result should be officially declared during the ward’s time slot, however some counts may take longer and results might be delayed if there has to be a recount.
The returning officer (who is in charge of count day) - Anna Earnshaw, who is also the chief executive of the new authority - will declare the results on the stage at Silverstone, once all candidates have been given the opportunity to request a recount.
The three candidates with the most votes in each ward will be declared as elected.
Usually, all candidates would line up on the stage, however due to Covid restrictions they will not be allowed to.
During the whole day, 93 councillors will be elected across the whole of the West Northamptonshire authority area.
To control the authority, a political party will need to reach 47 seats across all wards. If no political parties reach this number, the council will be run by a coalition.
Where can I find out the results?
Reporters from Northampton Chronicle & Echo will also be present at the count all day and results, interviews with candidates, reactions and more will be posted to our live blog, which you can follow here.
On Saturday (May 8), from 10am, the count for all the town and parish councils in the West Northamptonshire Council area will take place.
This includes the inaugural election for the new Northampton Town Council.
A Chronicle & Echo reporter will be at the town count and results will be posted to the website when they are announced.
On Monday (May 10), from 10am, the count will take place for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. The result will then be declared at the Kettering count.