Council elections and referendum in Wealden District

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Have your say

WITH DISTRICT and parish council elections and the first UK-wide referendum in over 30 years taking place on Thursday 5 May, Wealden District Council is urging voters in Wealden to be ready to have their say. A full list of potential councillors for district, town and parish councils can be found at: www.wealden.gov.uk

The referendum is on the voting system used for elections to the UK Parliament. The question being put to voters on 5 May is:

“At present, the UK uses the ’first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ’alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

With several bank holidays coming up, residents who are going to be away on 5 May can also apply to vote by post or by proxy.

Returning Officer Charles Lant said: “Now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote before the deadline on Thursday 14 April. The deadlines if you need to apply for a postal or proxy vote are 5pm on 14 April for postal votes and 5pm on 21 April for proxy votes.

You can call 01892 602417 or print the forms from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, fill them in and return them to Electoral Services.”

If you register to vote by post you may receive two separate voting packs. One pack will contain your referendum ballot paper and district council ballot paper. If your parish council’s elections are contested (i.e. if there are more candidates than there are seats to be filled), you will receive a second pack containing your parish ballot paper. Please complete the two packs separately and return them separately and as soon as possible. If your parish council’s elections are not contested you will only receive one pack. Please complete and return it as soon as possible.

Phillippa Saray, Electoral Commission regional manager for the South East, said: “People don’t always realise that they can have their say in different ways, including by post or by asking someone you trust (a ‘proxy’) to cast your vote for you. So if you are going to be away on Thursday 5 May, take a few minutes now to make sure your voice will still be heard.”

A person can register and vote in English local government elections if they are on the electoral register and are:

Aged 18 or over on polling day (A person can register once they are 16 but cannot vote until they are 18), and one or more of the following:

A British citizen

A qualifying Commonwealth citizen

A citizen of the Irish Republic

A citizen of another European Union (EU) member state

A person can register and vote for in a referendum if they are on the electoral register and are:

18 years of age or over on polling day (A person can register once they are 16 but cannot vote until they are 18), and one or more of the following:

A British citizen

A qualifying Commonwealth citizen

A citizen of the Irish Republic

The Electoral Commission’s media resources page provides more information on the referendum and local elections:

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/news-and-media/media-resources