Elections for the 57 seats on Northamptonshire County Council, as well as two vacant seats on the Borough Council of Wellingborough, will take place on Thursday 2 May. Wellingborough residents are being urged to make a note of important deadlines so that they don’t miss out on their chance to vote.
The official notice of election, which has just been published by Wellingborough Council, shows that six county councillors can be elected in the borough, as well as two borough councillors in the Earls Barton and Redwell West wards.
County councillors are elected every four years and the last election was in 2009. A review has been carried out and reduced the total number of seats from 73 to 57 across the county. The borough council by-elections are as a result of the recent death of Cllr Peter Wright and the resignation due to ill health of Cllr John Raymond.
The last date to register to vote in the elections, including applications for postal votes, is 17 April. If people aren't on the register of electors by this date, they won't be able to vote. Once registered, residents can appoint someone to vote on their behalf if they wish, and the deadline for proxy vote applications is 24 April.
Paula Lawton, Democratic Services Manager at Wellingborough Council, said: "You have to be on the electoral register if you want to vote. Most people will have returned their yellow forms last summer and will be on the register already, but for those that haven't there are only a few weeks left if they want to have their say on who represents them on the county council. People can email us or phone us to check if they're registered, and if they're not we can send them a form. As long as we get this form back by 5pm on 17 April, they will be able to vote on 2 May."
The council's electoral services team can be contacted on 01933 231 513 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration form can also be printed off at https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter
Now the official notice of election has been published, people are also being invited to stand in the elections. Paula Lawton said: "Most candidates are nominated through a political party, although individuals are welcome to stand in their own right. Nomination papers can be obtained from the offices of the returning officer and we must have them back by noon on 5 April."
For more information about any aspect of the elections or the electoral process, visit the council's website at www.wellingborough.gov.uk