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Tower Hamlets mayoral referendum could cost £250,000

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:18 05 October 2010

A MAYORAL referendum in Tower Hamlets will cost up to £250,000. The referendum for a directly elected mayor serving four years like those in neighbouring Hackney and Newham has been triggered by a petition of 10,233 voters. The Respect party campaigned

A MAYORAL referendum in Tower Hamlets will cost up to £250,000.

The referendum for a directly elected mayor serving four years like those in neighbouring Hackney and Newham has been triggered by a petition of 10,233 voters.

The Respect party campaigned hard to get enough signatures.

If voters go to the polls just to decide if they want to have a directly elected mayor the referendum will cost £250,000.

If the vote is combined with council elections in May it would cost just an extra £70,000 on top of the existing costs of the ballot to elect 51 councillors.

The council is holding a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss the referendum and whether to hold it on May 6, the preferred choice of the ruling Labour party or February 4 2010.

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