Upper Stoke by-election to take place as planned

Extra precautions will be taken, such as cleaning of the polling stations and hand sanitiser being made available on the day.

The Upper Stoke by-election in Coventry this Thursday, 19 March will take place as planned amid uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

Coventry City Council have said that extra precautions will be taken, such as additional cleaning of the polling stations and hand sanitiser being made available on the day.

Voters can also use their own pen or pencil to mark the ballot paper if they wish.

Last week, the Government announced that Local, Combined Authority Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections that were due to take place on 7 May this year have been postponed until May 2021 on the advice of medical experts in relation to the response to the COVID-19 virus

Despite this, the Upper Stoke by-election will go-ahead as last week’s announcement does not cover by-elections.

The election has been called to fill the vacancy of Councillor for Upper Stoke Ward, following the recent death of Councillor Sucha Bains.

The four candidates standing in the by-election are as follows:

  • Chrissie Lynn Brown for the Green Party;
  • Gurdev Singh Hayre for the Labour Party;
  • Jane Elizabeth Nellist for Socialist Alternative;
  • Gurdeep Singh Sohal for the Conservative Party.

The polls will be open on Thursday, 19 March from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm. You can find your closest polling station on Coventry City Council’s website.

The results will be published online during the counting process which takes place shortly after the close of poll on 19 March.