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
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
Information on 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
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
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.
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.
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.