Polls opened this morning for Hawarden Community Council’s two by-election
Polling stations in Aston Park and Ewloe opened at 7am today as voting got underway for two vacant seats on Hawarden Community Council
The vacancies for Ewloe and Aston wards enshrouded the community council in controversy during the summer.
A decision to co-opt Ewloe candidate David Hough to the Council was passed in June but it was later rescinded after four councillors lodged a motion to remove him following allegations, which have remained uncorroborated, his application was submitted after the deadline.
The removal of Mr Hough paved the way for Ryan O’Gorman, the only candidate for the uncontested Ewloe ward, to be co-opted onto the council as his application “satisfied all the eligibility criteria.”
However, councillors voted 10 to 8 against co-opting the uncontested Mr O’Gorman onto the council, he was never given a reason as to why the group of 10 Independent and Conservative councillors voted against the move.
In a further twist Judith Hough an Aston councillor and wife of Mr Hough, stood down from her position on the council.
North Wales Police said at the time, they were conducting enquiries into allegations of possible election law breaches, following the emergence of the CCTV footage.
It was alleged the footage showed an application letter being delivered to the council office two days later than councillors had initially been told when voting Mr Hough to the council.
North Wales Police haven’t commented further on the investigation but Flintshire County Council said in September;
“The county council has advised the community council on the complaints that it received. The community council acted on that advice at its meeting in July. The county council’s involvement is closed.”
The actions of councillors who refused to back an uncontested candidate brought widespread criticism both within the Hawarden community and wider media, the cost to taxpayers of running today’s two elections is estimated to be around £6000
Polling stations will close at 10pm with the results expected just after 11pm.
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