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Timeline

The following is the provisional schedule for the by-election:

Tuesday 2 May 16:00 – Nominations open
Tuesday 9 May

12:00 – Nominations close

12:00 – Deadline for manifestos

Thursday 11 May 12:30 – Candidates' briefing
Friday 12 May 09:00 – Campaigning period begins 
Tuesday 16 May 09:00 – Ballot opens
Friday 19 May

12:00 – Deadline for declaring spending

17:00 – Ballot closes

19:00 (approx.) – Preliminary declaration of result

Monday 22 May

19:00 (approx.) – Final declaration of result

Saturday 1 July Winning candidate is expected to begin employment
Saturday 15 July Winning candidate formally takes office

In addition, a hustings will be organised on a date agreed between the Elections Committee and the candidates.

All candidates must attend the candidates' briefing, or else arrange another briefing on Friday 19 May. Candidates may not campaign until they have attended a briefing.