A new date has been set for the re-run of Swindon and Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner election.

The new ballot will be held later this summer, on August 19.

The need for a second election comes after Tory winner Jonathon Seed was disqualified over a 30-year-old drink driving conviction.

When news of this was made public on Sunday May 9, Mr Seed revealed that, if elected, he wouldn't be able to accept the post.

A police investigation into how and why Mr Seed was able to stand as a candidate in the first place is currently underway.

Today (May 12), Wiltshire Council's Chief Executive confirmed that a fresh election, expected to cost up to £1.4 million, will be held in three months time.

After taking legal advice, Terence Herbert, who is also acting as returning officer, explained that the post will become vacant in two months.

After that, the council has 35 days to hold a new election.

Below is the Chief Executive's statement in full:

"Following the Police and Crime Commissioner election count on Monday I have taken appropriate legal advice and spoken with the Cabinet Office, Wiltshire Police and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner. There is a clear legal process for me to follow.

"Following the result of the election in my role of Police Area Returning Officer, I declared Jonathon Seed as the Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire.

"The election was administered in accordance with all relevant legislation and regulations. Mr Seed has publicly indicated that he will not take up that office.

"The legislation states that after a two-month period, beginning on the day after polling day, lapses, a vacancy arises. As Police Area Returning Officer, I must then hold an election within 35 days. Therefore, preparations will now begin to hold an election on 19 August 2021.

"I remain immensely proud of all my staff who worked across the election weekend and although we would not have chosen to run another election so soon, we will ensure that a fair and accurate Police & Crime Commissioner election is once again delivered.

"The council is working closely with the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner and Wiltshire Police and all officers and staff will continue to work hard to protect residents and make sure that our communities remain safe.

"Given that we are now following a legal process and as Wiltshire Police have asked Thames Valley Police to conduct an 'investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2021 Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner election', it would be inappropriate for us to provide any further comment at this time."

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