Plan to vote? Two weeks to register

ANYONE wanting to vote in the Calderdale Council elections in May must be registered by April 14.

A total of 146,548 are already on the polling list but many more could miss out on the local council election and UK referendum on the parliamentary voting system, which will all take place on May 5.

“Anyone who has moved house in the past few months needs to register with their new address,” said electoral registration officer Owen Williams.

Seventeen seats will be up for grabs on Calderdale Council. Nominations for those wanting to stand close on April 4.

The Conservatives will be defending six seats - two of which are in the Brighouse area, Labour and the Liberal Democrats four each and there are three seats which are currently held by Independents including one in Brighouse. The result could determine whether Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors jointly run the council for another year.

Residents can request a voting registration form by calling 01422 393103 or by printing off a registration form from the council’s website www.calderdale.gov.uk

Barbara Lines from the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, said some people might be planning to be away in May. “So it is worth applying now to vote by post or proxy if that will suit your plans.”