Monday, 12 April 2010

Elections preparations under way in Leeds

Candidates for the local elections in Leeds have been announced as the city prepares to go to the polls in a double election on May 6 this year.

The votes for both the local and general elections will be cast at the same time that day across the city, with polling stations open from 7am to 10pm.

In anticipation of voting day the notice of election for Leeds City Council has been published. It will be followed tomorrow (April 13) by the general election notice, with a closing date for nominations for the latter of 4pm on Tuesday 20th April.

The council polls will be to elect one member for each of the city’s 33 wards, each of which is represented in total by three councillors. For the full list of candidates go to this link statement of persons nominated (opens in a separate pdf file) on the elections pages on the Leeds City Council website.

Meanwhile, to accommodate the scale of the double poll, both the local and general election counts this year will for the first time take place at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Middleton.

Counting for the general election will begin there the same day when polling stations close at 10pm, with the Leeds City Council votes being counted from 10am the following day, May 7.

Notes to editors:
• Any new application to be added to the register of electors to qualify for voting can be received up until midnight on Tuesday April 20.
• Anyone eligible to vote can apply for a postal vote, while those unable to vote in person can choose to do so by proxy- where someone else votes on your behalf. For applications for postal voting the last time for receipt is 5pm Tuesday April 20. The deadline for proxy voting applications is 5pm on Tuesday April 27, while emergency proxy votes- only in cases of unforeseen physical incapacity- can be applied for up to 5pm on Thursday May 6.
• Applications for absent voting and nominations for the general election should be delivered to: Electoral Services, Level 2, Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD. For information or advice on elections registration contact 0113 222 4411 or visit the elections pages on our website at www.leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries, please contact;
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335
Email: donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk
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