Citizens have the right to petition for a directly elected Mayor. If the council receives a valid petition signed by at least 5% of the local government electors in its area, it must hold a referendum. If the referendum results in a majority vote in favour of establishing an elected Mayor, the council has to introduce such arrangements.
The current form of governance within the council is a Leader, elected by the Council, who is supported by a number of Councillors, known as the Cabinet.
The petition organiser is responsible for collecting the required number of signatures and submitting the petition to the council. Once the petition has been submitted the petition organiser will be the person with whom the council will correspond.
To be valid, a submitted petition must:
- be signed by at least 5% of people registered to vote at a local government election in North Hertfordshire (this is called the 'verification number'); and
- follow the regulations on how the petition should be formatted and how signatories should be recorded as required in the Local Authorities (Referendum) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011.
The formal notice of the verification number is calculated using the Electoral Register and is available to view below.