Coronavirus latest updates, UK local and mayoral elections postponed to 2021. Read all the details here!!!…
The local and mayoral elections have been postponed to May 2021. It has been kept aside for a year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Downing Street has said that it is impractical to hold the planned elections. Otherwise, the elections would come in the peak of the outbreak.
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The polls were supposed to have been held in 118 English councils, the London Assembly and for seven English regional mayors.
Voting for the London mayor and police and crime commissioners in England and New Wales were also due.
This comes after the Electoral Commission said on Thursday that the elections would be delayed till autumn to reduce the spread of the virus.
Ten people have died with the virus and there are 798 confirmed cases throughout UK.
The Cabinet Office said it would bring forward legislation to enact the delay in England. They also said that they will work towards the Welsh authorities to ensure they have the same power.
The elections were delayed in 2001 last due to the foot and mouth outbreak.
Acting Liberal Democrat Sir Ed Davey said the move was the right decision to delay the polls.
But then he also said that the reason for the postpone for a year was not clear when the Electoral Commission had recommended to do it till Autumn.
Before the announcement of the news, Labour had backed calls for a delay. It had also added that it had serious concerns regarding the welfare of the party members and staff.