With less than two months to go until local unitary and parish elections take place, people are being reminded to make sure they are registered to vote so they can have their say.
The unitary and parish elections are due to take place on 4th May. With all 98 unitary seats up for election, as well all parish and town councils, the elections in Wiltshire will be one of the biggest in the country.
Carlton Brand, Wiltshire’s returning officer for local elections and Wiltshire Council corporate director said, “The scale of the local elections here in Wiltshire is one of the largest in the UK and we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure the process goes smoothly.
“The outcome of the elections will affect local people’s daily lives as well as determining how over is allocated annually to important public services across the county. So I urge everyone eligible to make sure they are registered to vote and have their voice heard.”
The key dates that people need to know are: • Deadline for receipt of candidate nominations – 4th April, 4pm. • Publication of persons nominated – 5th April, 4pm. • Last day to register to vote – 13th April • Deadline for receipt of new postal vote applications – 18th April • Deadline for receipt of proxy vote applications – 25th April, 5pm. • Day of poll – 4th May, 7am to 10pm. • Verification of ballots, counting and declaration of results – 5th May
For more information about local elections, including how to register as a candidate, people should visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections
Those not already registered to vote, should visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It only takes five minutes.