Preparations underway for May 2016 elections

​Date: 6/01/2016

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Residents in the Wakefield area are being encouraged to make sure that they're registered to vote in time for the May 5 elections.

To be able to vote people need to be on the electoral register. If an individual's details have changed, such as through moving house, or they don't think they're registered, they should contact the Council to check by emailing  elections@wakefield.gov.uk or by ringing 01924  305023.

 Registering to vote is quick and easy. Anyone who is not registered to vote will able to join the electoral register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and the deadline to register to vote is Monday, 18 April.

 Joanne Roney OBE, Electoral Registration Officer at Wakefield Council, said: "Only people who are registered can take part in May's elections. So if your details have changed, or you are unsure if you're on the register please get in touch.

 "We want to make sure people in our district don't miss out on having their say on polling day."

A third of Wakefield Council seats - 21 in total - are up for election on Thursday May 5, and on the same day people will also vote for West Yorkshire's next Police and Crime Commissioner.
 
Local government elections select councillors who are responsible for making decisions on running services in the local area.  This includes parks, leisure, housing, education, transport, planning, fire and public safety, social care and waste management.

The Police and Crime Commissioner oversees the running of local police forces, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.