The Electoral Commission may advise the government to alter councillors' four-year terms of office as a result of its review into the local election cycle, which was launched in Harrogate yesterday.
Commissioner Pamela Gordon said the government had asked the organisation to consider the impact of the current patchwork of electoral cycles on the stability and accountability of councils, which would inevitably lead to a consideration of councillors' terms.
Ms Gordon said the commission was particularly looking to get the views of the public, not just councils, during a three-month consultation period launched yesterday.
She said: 'This is not something stakeholders (councils), on the whole, are looking to change.'
But a MORI survey conducted on the eve of the May elections this year found 80% of respondents did not know how often elections were held in their area.