Electoral Registration

Verification Number

Publication of Verification number

The Local Government Act 2000 provides that electors in the Council's area can petition the Council to hold a referendum on whether a local authority should change to a different form of governance. Such a petition must be signed by at least 5% of the local government electors in the local authority's area. 

Every year the Proper Officer for each local authority publishes the figure which represents 5% of the number of local government electors in the area. This is referred to as the Verification Number.

The Verification Number is published each year during February and is applicable between 1 April and 31 March following publication.

However, in any given year, there is a short period of time when there is one of two figures that can be used. This is between publication of the number and 31 March that same year. During that time, the alternative number that can be used is the one that was published the previous February. Councils must use the lower of these two numbers as the Verification Number for any petition submitted during that period.

Isle of Wight Council

The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011

 Publication of Verification Number

 

In accordance with Regulation 4 (1) of the above regulations the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15th February 2020 is:                                                                                               

                                                                 5603

This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2021 will be published within 14 days of the 15th February 2021. If this number is less than 5603, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31st March 2021 shall also be that lower number.


Claire Shand
Electoral Registration Officer
Isle of Wight Council
County Hall
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD
Monday 24th February 2020