The resignation of an area councillor caused a casual vacancy in the District Council of Cleve.

Section 6A of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 was applied to fill this vacancy.

The candidates who were not elected in the November 2022 periodic election were asked to confirm their willingness and eligibility to be elected to this vacancy. As three candidates were determined willing and eligible to be elected to the vacancy, a recount of the votes cast at the periodic election was conducted. 

First preference votes

First preference votes were distributed to the three eligible candidates, and ballot papers with no preference expressed for an eligible candidate were recorded as exhausted.

Below are the first preference votes received by the candidates in the order they appeared on the ballot paper. 

CandidateFirst preference votesElected or excluded
WETHERALL, Julie228 
SIVIOUR, Grantley155 
RAYSON, Colin455Elected

Results declaration

Due to achieving the higher number of votes, Colin Rayson was declared elected at 11:11am on Thursday 23 November 2023.


To view the distribution of votes refer to the District Council of Cleve – Area Councillor – 23 November 2023 - scrutiny sheet (PDF, 201KB)

An exhausted vote is a type of preferential vote where all the ranked candidates have already been elected or eliminated. This means that the vote no longer counts towards any winning candidate. It is also known as an exhausted ballot.