May 5 is coming - Nomination briefings for prospective election candidates

Date: 08/03/2016
Ref: PR 6191

Wakefield Council is inviting those who wish to stand for election at the forthcoming local elections or Police and Crime Commissioner elections to a pre-nomination briefing session.

The sessions will provide practical advice to prospective candidates on various processes for elections. This includes how to complete a nomination paper, consent to nomination and, for those standing for a political party, the certificate of authorisation and how to request the party emblem.

All prospective candidates/agents are invited to attend one of the following briefing sessions at Wakefield County Hall in the Council Chamber on:

• Monday 14 March - 2.30pm
• Tuesday 15 March - 5.30pm
• Wednesday 16 March - 5.30pm

Nominations for the local district elections open on Wednesday 30 March. Nominations for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections open at 10am on Thursday 31 March.

Nomination packs can be obtained by visiting the Council's website www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections or by contacting the elections office on 01924 305023. To reserve a place at the briefing please complete and return the form included in the briefing pack.

The pre-nomination briefing sessions will only cover the nomination process. Further briefing sessions on campaigning, absent voting and the count will be held after the close of nominations on Thursday 7 April. These sessions are scheduled to take place in the week commencing 11 April.

Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer, said: "Nomination papers must be completed correctly and failure to do so may prevent you from standing. Don't fall at the first hurdle; come along to one of the briefing sessions for support."

The Wakefield district and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections take place on Thursday 5 May.The Council will be delivering poll cards to local households from Wednesday 30 March.

The polling cards will be sent out to all registered voters in the district with details of their polling station and times of polling for the May elections.

Residents who have not received a poll card by Friday 8 April, including anyone who has recently moved house, should contact the Electoral Services Office on 01924 305023.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday 18 April and residents need to ensure that they are correctly registered ahead of this deadline.

Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer, added: "I would urge residents to take action and make sure they don't miss out and have their say.

"Even if you think you are already registered, it's important to double check. Many people think they are automatically registered because they pay council tax, but this isn't true, contact the Electoral Services Office to find out.

"If you move house or change your details, you will need to let us know as soon as possible because you will not be able to vote unless your name is on the register."

Further information about registering and voting can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections  

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