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Petitions for an elected mayor of Devon

Regulations governing petitions for an elected mayor

The Government has made regulations about the way that petitions for an elected mayor must be drawn up.

Each sheet of the petition must include:

  • The name of the local authority to which it is addressed,
  • The constitutional change that the petition is seeking,
  • The following statement:

We the undersigned, being local government electors for the area of Devon County Council, to whom this petition is addressed, seek a referendum on whether the electors for that area should elect a mayor who, with a **[cabinet] **[council manager] will be in charge of our local services and lead Devon County Council.


The words in italics can be included or left out, as the petitioners require.
If these words are included, the petitioners should select one of the alternatives marked **

Everyone who signs the petition must state:

  • Their first name, surname and address,
  • The date on which they signed the petition.

A petition must either include or be accompanied by:

  • The name and full address of the petition organiser to whom correspondence about the petition should be sent.

Where several petitions are amalgamated before being submitted to the County Council:

  • The organisers of each of the constituent petitions must decide who will be the organiser of the amalgamated petition. This person can either be chosen from among the organisers or be someone separate.
  • The organiser of the amalgamated petition must notify the County Solicitor (see below) of his name and full address.


Further Information

  • Further information on a mayoral referendum is available on The Electoral Commission website.

UK-wide, national and regional referendums

  • The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) establishes a fixed legal framework for the conduct of any referendum held across the UK, or a referendum held in Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland. It also applies to regional referendums within England. No referendums have yet been held under this legislation. However a recent Act of Parliament has enabled the holding of referendums on regional assemblies in England

If you have any questions:

Jan Shadbolt
County Solicitor
County Hall

13 September 2010