Make sure you are on the electoral roll

Published on: 02 Mar 2015

AS all media outlets are constantly reminding us, Election Day 2015 is fast approaching. On May 7 we will be going to the polls to vote for our MPs, district councillors and parish councillors.

The system of registration has changed so the first step is to make sure you are on the electoral roll.

South Gloucestershire Council has written to all households to clarify who is registered to vote.

You must be registered by Monday April 20. If you’re not on the register, you won’t have a say at any future elections and some referendums.

Councillor Howard Gawler, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “When you are registered to vote you have confirmed your position as a British citizen and have joined the vast majority of people who are already registered in this country.”

It is also necessary to register to vote if you wish to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to check where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to prevent fraud. If you need to register to vote please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Most of the prospective parliamentary candidates from the main parties have now been selected for our two local seats – Kingswood and Filton & Bradley Stoke – but there is still time to put your name forward if you want to stand for a Westminster seat or for a local council.

Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council is encouraging local people with an interest in their community to consider putting their names forward.

It’s too late to become a member of Mangotsfield Rural Parish Council, which disbands next month.

But instead there is the chance to join a new authority, Emersons Green Town Council. It will comprise four wards, Badminton, Blackhorse and Pomphrey, each with three councillors and Emersons Green ward with seven. Boundaries are being changed from those of the parish council to take in the new housing development at Lyde Green, and the Bristol & Bath Science Park. The M4 will become the north eastern boundary.

Prospective candidates may obtain nomination packs from March 2 by contacting South Gloucestershire Council’s electoral services helpline on 01454 863030 or calling in person at Thornbury Council Offices. Nominations close on April 9.

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