Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Whittle has resigned with immediate effect as a Fareham Borough Councillor. His resignation was received by the Council's Chief Executive Officer, Peter Grimwood, earlier today.
Cllr Whittle became a Ward Councillor for Fareham East in May 2010. He was re-elected in 2014 and should have remained in office until 2018. However his resignation means that there is now a casual vacancy.
In order for a new councillor to be elected to fill the vacancy, the Council must receive a written request from two Fareham residents. An election could then be undertaken as part of the poll on 5th May.
Should this prove to be the case, there will in fact be two vacancies up for contention. Cllr Mrs Katrina Trott, also of Fareham East ward, was elected in 2012 so her position becomes vacant in the coming local election.
Residents from the Fareham East ward who are eligible to vote will be able to choose two candidates. The overall winner will be elected for the full term of four years whilst the candidate finishing in second place will be elected for the two years remaining of Cllr Whittle's term of office.
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