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Mayoral Elections 2018

Mayoral elections take place on Thursday May 3 in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets as well as the borough of Watford.

There is some doubt currently about possible mayoral polls in new devolved super-regions such as Sheffield City Region and Solent.

Mayoral elections took place last May in six new devolved super-regions: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough; Greater Manchester; Liverpool City Region; Tees Valley; West Midlands; and West of England.

The mayoral elections use the supplementary voting (SV) system where if any candidate obtains more than half the vote in the first round of voting they are elected immediately. But if no candidate achieves more than 50% the two candidates with the most votes go into a second-round contest. All the others are eliminated and their second-preference votes are distributed to the two remaining candidates to decide the outcome.

Wire messages for these polls will be sent in plain text (TTY) format.

For details of messages in XML format for digital products, please see the page on XML format at Message Specifications

Key dates and times:

  • Nominations close: Thursday April 6 (to be confirmed).
  • Polling Day: Thursday May 3 – polling from 0700 to 2200.
  • Declarations: TBA.

PA council serial numbers for mayoral polls:

  • TBA

Nominations

Nominations for each of the mayoral elections will be sent as soon as possible after they become available on the closing date.

The catchline will be topic ELECTION, keyword Nominations Mayor followed by the specific election. For example, the Hackney mayoral nominations will be catchlined: ELECTION Nominations Mayor Hackney

The category code will be: XTA

The party order for nominations will be: Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and Ukip, followed by minor parties ranked alphabetically by party name.

The message will include a historical summary of the result from any previous election and any intervening by-election.


Rushes

As soon as the winner is declared, whether it is after the first or second round of voting, a rush will be sent.

TThe catchline will be topic POLL, keyword Mayor followed by the specific election and council serial number. For example, rush with the outcome of the Hackney mayoral election will be catchlined: POLL Mayor Hackney 1

The category code will be: XTJ

Fictional examples of the text:

  • Sir John James (C) elected on first count at Watford

  • Heather Wilson (Lab) elected on second count at Lewisham


Results

Detailed results will be sent after each round of voting.

They will be catchlined POLL Mayor followed by the specific election and council serial number. For example, mayoral results from Hackney will be catchlined: POLL Mayor Hackney 1

The category code will be: XTP

Under first-count details, we will give candidates in vote order with their party, vote, vote share and change since the previous elections.

If a candidate is elected at this stage, there then follows the word “Elected:” followed by the winner’s name.

However, if no-one has been elected and there is to be a second round, the message will state “Eliminated:” and give the names of the eliminated candidates.

In both cases, this is followed by electorate, turnout and turnout change and the previous election summary.

A second-round result, when sent, will start with a repeat of the first-round details.

These will be followed with the names of the eliminated candidates whose votes are being distributed.

Then will follow the names of the two remaining candidates with their second-round votes only – no percentages.

Then comes the word “Elected:” followed by the winner’s name.

This is followed by electorate, turnout and turnout change and the previous election summary.

As an example, here is the result of the May 2016 Bristol mayoral election after two rounds of voting:

2 BRISTOL
(First Count)
Marvin Rees (Lab) 56,729 (40.43%, +11.38%)
*George Ferguson (Bristol 1st) 32,375 (23.07%, -12.06%)
Charles Lucas (C) 19,617 (13.98%, +4.85%)
Tony Dyer (Green) 10,000 (7.13%, +1.24%)
Kay Barnard (LD) 8,078 (5.76%, -1.20%)
Paul Turner (UKIP) 7,115 (5.07%)
Tom Baldwin (TUSC) 1,876 (1.34%, +1.34%)
Stoney Garnett (Ind) 1,384 (0.99%, -0.60%)
Christine Townsend (Ind) 1,010 (0.72%)
Tony Britt (Ind) 877 (0.63%)
Paul Saville (Ind) 545 (0.39%)
John Langley (Ind) 367 (0.26%)
Festus Kudehinbu (Ind) 341 (0.24%)
~
Eliminated: Tom Baldwin, Kay Barnard, Tony Britt, Tony Dyer, Stoney Garnett, Festus Kudehinbu, John Langley, Charles Lucas, Paul Saville, Christine Townsend, Paul Turner
~
(Second Count)
Distribution of Baldwin's, Barnard's, Britt's, Dyer's, Garnett's, Kudehinbu's, Langley's, Lucas's, Saville's, Townsend's and Turner's votes
~
Marvin Rees (Lab) 68,750
*George Ferguson (Bristol 1st) 39,577
~
Elected: Marvin Rees
~
Eliminated: George Ferguson
~
~
Electorate 311,554; Turnout 140,314 (45.04%, +17.74%)
~
2012: Turnout 89,152 (27.29%)
First Count - Ferguson (Bristol 1st) 31,321; Rees (Lab) 25,896;
Gollop (C) 8,136; Rogers (LD) 6,202; Radice (Green) 5,248; George
(Ind) 2,404; Murphy (Ind) 1,855; Maggs (Respect) 1,568; Garnett (Ind)
1,413; Baldwin (TUSC) 1,412; Collins (Ind) 1,037; Pover (Ind) 994;
Britt (Ind) 761; Fisher (Ind) 494; Dobbs (Birthday) 411. Elected:
Ferguson

If a result has to be corrected, the catchline will be styled POLL Correction Mayor followed by the specific election and constituency number. Example: POLL Correction Mayor Hackney 1. Where there is a change to the winning party a rush correction will be sent, catchlined in the same way.


Quick Reference Table

Catchlines and category codes:

:: Nominations: ELECTION Nominations Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTA

:: Rush: POLL Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTJ

:: Result: POLL Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTP

:: Rush correction: POLL Correction Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTJ

:: Result correction: POLL Correction Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTP


Elections Live Coverage

All narrative copy, claims/pointers (giving indications in key seats in advance of declarations), reaction and analysis, will run in the general news service using the usual editorial code: HHH


Tests

We will be sending test results ahead of the election. Fictitious candidate names and voting figures will be generated at random. Please see separate advisory for the provisional test programme.

All test material will be marked clearly as "PA Test" and the word "Test" will appear in fictional candidate names.

You MUST check before polling day that any test material has been cleared from your systems.


Queries

Speak to Elections Editor Roger Smith on 020 7963 7992 or email via the Contact us page. During nominations or election events, phone the Elections Desk on 020 7963 7992, Newsdesk on 020 7963 7146 or Customer Services on 01430 455337.

Customers, especially digital-only customers who do not see PA wire advisories, may wish to follow @pressassocpolls on twitter for technical and operational updates from the Elections Desk.

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