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Verification number


We're required by law to publish how many signatures of registered voters are required on a petition on whether we should change to a different form of governance.

Electors can petition the council to hold a referendum.

The petition must be signed by at least 5% of the registered electors for the district.

This figure is known as the verification number.

Every year there is a short period of time when there are two figures that can be used.  This is between publication of the number in February 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. We must use the lower of these two numbers as the Verification Number for any petition submitted during that period.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
The Local Authority (Referendums)
(Petitions & Directions)
(England) Regulations 2000

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:

4209

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 4209, 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.

William Benson
Returning Officer
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1RS

Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
The Local Authority (Referendums)
(Petitions & Directions)
(England) Regulations 2000

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 15thFebruary 2019is:

4073

This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2020 will be published within 14 days of the 15th February 2020. If this number is less than 4071, 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 2020 shall also be that lower number.

William Benson
Returning Officer
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1RS

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
The Local Authority (Referendums)
(Petitions & Directions)
(England) Regulations 2000

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 2018 is:

4090

This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2019 will be published within 14 days of the 15th February 2019. If this number is less than 4090, 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 2019 shall also be that lower number.

William Benson
Returning Officer
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1RS

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
The Local Authority (Referendums)
(Petitions & Directions)
(England) Regulations 2000

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 2017 is:

4089

This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2018 will be published within 14 days of the 15th February 2018. If this number is less than 4089, 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 2018 shall also be that lower number.

William Benson
Returning Officer
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1RS

Wednesday, 15 February 2017