Don’t lose your say – register for May
Bedford Borough residents are being urged to
ensure they are registered to vote so they can take part in an
On 5 May, voters will go to the polls to
choose a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Bedfordshire. The
PCC oversees the running of local police, including appointing the
chief constable, setting the budget and deciding what the force’s
priorities should be.
Residents have until Monday 18 April to apply
to vote. Applying to vote is easy – you can use the online form at
and it takes just a few minutes.
If you can’t go to the polling station on 5
May, then if you have applied correctly by 18 April you can also
apply to vote by post or you can appoint a proxy to vote on your
behalf. The deadline for postal vote applications is on 5pm on 19
April, while the deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm on
Tuesday 26 April.
Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive of Bedford
Borough Council and the local electoral registration officer, said:
“Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible
so they will be able to have their say on issues that directly
affect their day-to-day lives.
“It’s important that anyone who is eligible to
be on the register, but has not yet registered, does so quickly.
Registering to vote is also important ahead of the UK’s upcoming EU
referendum, which will be held on 23 June. This will see people
vote on whether Britain should leave or remain in the European
The candidates for this year's PCC election
are; Toni Bugle for English Democrats - "More Police - catching
criminals!", Kathryn Holloway for the Conservative Party, Linda
Jack for the Liberal Democrats, Olly Martins for the Labour and
Co-operative Party and Duncan Strachan for the UK
After 13 April a booklet will be available via
which contains details about each of the candidates in the
For more information about the PCC elections,