Candidates named to fight Council seats
Nominations for the Borough Council’s all-out elections on Thursday, 3 May have now closed.
Candidates have put their names forward in the hope of becoming one of the 44 councillors who will represent the 21 wards that cover the whole of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
John Tradewell, the acting Chief Executive of the Borough Council who is the Returning Officer for the elections, said: “We have done a huge amount of work in the last few months to get ready for 3 May and at this stage everything is on target and going to plan.
“Our goal is to make sure that everyone who has the right to vote has the chance to do so in May regardless of the method of voting they choose.”
A new-look borough council will be elected en-bloc in less than one months’ time and there are some significant changes for voters.
For many years, the Borough Council has elected by thirds with 20 seats contested in three successive years and no elections in the fourth year. In May all seats will be fought at the same time.
In addition, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has carried out a review of ward sizes and boundaries. This has resulted in the number of councillors being reduced from 60 to 44 and instead of those elected members being spread over 24 wards they will now represent 21.
There has also been a review of polling stations and polling places which means some electors may be going to polling stations which are different to the ones they are used to. Residents have been reminded to check their polling cards to make sure they go to the right place to cast their vote.
In order to vote in this important election, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday, 17 April. Anyone can apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you believe you are already registered you should call the Council on 01782 717717 to confirm before you apply again.
Residents who think they might be away or may struggle to get to their polling station can register for a postal vote by 5pm on Wednesday, 18 April or for a proxy vote - where someone can vote on their behalf - by 5pm on Wednesday, 25 April.
For all the latest information on the May elections and to see who has been nominated to contest local council seats go to www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/elections2018 .
Last updated 6 April 2018