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Elections - 7th May

A TOTAL OF 5 BALLOT PAPERS

With elections pending across the country, it appears that Bedford Borough has the highest number of ballots with local residents being issued with up to 5 ballot papers.

 

On 7 May 2015 elections will be taking place across Bedford Borough.  Elections will be held for the UK Parliament and the Mayor of Bedford Borough, along with elections of all Borough Councillors. Parish Council elections will also be held on 7 May for any that are contested.

 

For the first time in recent history, Parish Council elections are to be held on the same day as a General Election. It will also be the first time that the Council Tax increase referendum has to be held triggered by the Police Crime Commission (PCC) proposing an increase of 2% or more in the Police’s share of the Council Tax.

 

Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive of Bedford Borough Council, said: “We believe voters in Bedford will be casting more votes than anywhere else in the country. With so many decisions to be made, we will be working hard to make sure the process is as simple and straight-forward as possible.”

 

Firstly, people need to ensure they are registered to vote. If not currently registered, they can register via www.bedford.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

Information on the elections and links to the election timetable, applications to register to vote and to change current voting arrangements, are all available at www.bedford.gov.uk/elections2015

 

Click here to find your local Polling Station.

 

Information on Elections:

 

Parliamentary Elections

A General Election is now held once every five years on the first Thursday in May following the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 coming into force.  All Members of Parliament are elected at the same time.  If a seat falls vacant between the elections, then a by-election is held in that particular constituency.

 

The Bedford Borough area is divided into three parliamentary constituencies; Bedford, North East Bedfordshire and Mid Bedfordshire with Bedford Borough responsible for administering the elections for Bedford and North East Bedfordshire Constituencies.

 

Citizens of the European Union (with the exception of Cyprus, Malta and the Republic of Ireland) are not eligible to vote in the UK Parliamentary elections, but can vote in the local elections below.

 

Mayoral Elections

Bedford Borough Council is one of only 15 Councils in the country (outside of London) to have a Directly Elected Mayor. Mayoral elections in the UK use the Supplementary Vote (SV) system.  Under SV, voters select their first and second preference out of the list of candidates.

 

Borough Council Elections

Bedford Borough Council has 40 elected Borough Councillors each representing 1 of 27 Wards within the Bedford Borough Area.  Electors vote for the candidates who are standing for the ward where they are registered to vote. www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/elections/polling_district_and_places.aspx

 

Referendum

The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has put forward proposals for 15.8% increase in the element of the Council Tax charged for the Police to provide additional policing in the County. There will therefore be a referendum across Bedfordshire on 7 May asking people if they support the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed increase in Council Tax.

 

Parish Council Elections

Parish Council elections are held every 4 years, and coincide with both the Mayoral and Borough Council Elections.  Parish Councils primarily comprise of the villages in the area, but can also be large areas such as Brickhill or Kempston Town. Elections will also take place to the newly formed Wixams Parish Council.

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