County Council elections are held every four years.
Pre-election period ('Purdah') Guidance
Guidance for elected Members and local authority staff on the pre-election (or 'purdah') period, can be read in the guide here.
Purdah Guidance (Adobe PDF)
County Council elections – 2 May 2013
You can view the results of the 2013 elections here.
The Returning Officer for the County Council elections in May 2013 was Becky Shaw, Chief Executive of the County Council.
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You can view the candidates for every division or our map of the County Council election.
Appointment of Election Agents
Eastbourne – Appointment of Election Agents (Adobe PDF)
Hastings – Appointment of Election Agents (Adobe PDF)
Lewes – Appointment of Election Agents (Adobe PDF)
Rother – Appointment of Election Agents (Adobe PDF)
Wealden – Appointment of Election Agents (Adobe PDF)
Notice of Election
The number of voters represented by each county councillor should be roughly the same in every electoral division.
Because resident numbers change, electoral arrangements are regularly reviewed by The Boundary Committee for England to make sure voters are fairly represented.
East Sussex County Council, Local Government Act 2000 The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011
We are required by law to publish how many signatures of registered voters are required on a petition, which would require the council to hold a referendum on changing its model of governance. This figure is known as the verification number.
At the County Council elections held on 4 June 2009, the Conservatives maintained control of East Sussex County Council.
A total of 49 councillors were elected. Figures in brackets show how many seats were held by each party before the election.
- Conservative – 29 (29)
- Labour – 4 (5)
- Liberal Democrats – 13 (13)
- Independent – 3 (2)
At the previous full County Council elections in 2005, the Conservatives maintained control and increased their seats from 24 to 29.
A total of 49 councillors were elected, up from 44 due to boundary changes. Figures in brackets show how many seats were held by each party before the election.
- Conservative – 29 (24)
- Labour – 5 (6)
- Liberal Democrats – 13 (14)
- Independent – 1 (0)
- Independent Democrat – 1 (0)