Local election update: New Malden Village Ward

Kingston Council has learned of the sad news of the death of Mary Jean Clark, a local election candidate and Kingston resident.

Ms Clark, who was due to stand in New Malden Village Ward as an independent candidate, was not a sitting councillor.

In accordance with electoral law, the local election for New Malden Village Ward will now be postponed. Elections in all other wards in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames will continue as planned on Thursday 5 May.

The election of councillors in New Malden Village Ward will take place within 35 days of the original date of election, which was 5 May. We will confirm a new timetable as soon as is practicable.

As the election will no longer take place on 5 May any postal votes that have been received will not be counted and new postal votes will be sent once the new date has been set.

If you have applied for a postal or proxy vote for 5 May only, you will need to re-apply. If you require either a postal or proxy vote for the new date you can download an application from www.yourvotematters.co.uk or by contacting the elections office on the number at the top of this letter.

Ian Thomas CBE, Returning Officer for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, said:

Ms Clark was a tireless campaigner and advocate for her local community, who served as a councillor for Old Malden until 2018. She cared deeply about her local area, and will be sorely missed in the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

Read the Notice of Countermanded Poll here.

Published: 3rd May 2022