Boris Johnson prepares for his first election test since the Partygate scandal as voters head to the May 5 local elections
Brits have just days left to register for the local elections taking place across the UK next month.
Competitions will be held in each of the four nations on May 5, with each council seat up for grabs in Scotland, Wales, London and many parts of England, along with the election of a new Northern Ireland assembly.
People who have not registered to vote or are unsure if they are eligible to vote have only a few days left to apply.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the deadline for registering to vote is April 14th, while in Scotland the deadline is April 18th.
Most of the seats up for election on May 5 were last contested in 2018, when the UK was still in the EU, Theresa May was still Prime Minister, Labor was led by Jeremy Corbyn and Sir Vince Cable was the leader of the Liberal Democrats.
The UK political landscape has become almost unrecognizable after the shocks of Brexit, the pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
But local elections are often decided on issues such as garbage collection, road conditions and access to libraries and hospitals.
Boris Johnson is gearing up for his first election test since the Partygate scandal and the Tories will be watching closely for signs of unrest over the cost of living crisis.
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Advice at the Electoral Commission, said: “With just a week to go until the registration deadline, time is running out to ensure you can vote in the May elections.
“These elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say in who represents you on issues that directly affect everyday life.”
Register to vote online at http://www.gov.uk/registertovote.
All you need is your name, date of birth and social security number.
Where will elections take place on May 5th?
– All local authorities in Scotland, Wales and London
– Regional Mayor of South Yorkshire and Councilors of Barnsley and Sheffield
– 60 District Councils, 31 Metropolitan Boroughs and 19 Unitary Authorities in the rest of England
– North Yorkshire and Somerset County Councils
– All 90 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly
– Local mayors in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford
There is also a referendum in Bristol on whether to keep or abolish the city’s elected mayor.
The key data in the run-up to election day
– 12 April: Deadline in Northern Ireland to apply for absentee voting or proxy voting.
– 14 April: Deadline for registering to vote in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
– 18 April: registration deadline for voting in Scotland.
– 19 April: Deadline for applying for a postal vote in England, Scotland and Wales.
– 26 April: Deadline to apply for proxy voting in England, Scotland and Wales.
– May 5: Election Day. Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
– Overnight stay 5./6. May: First results expected. The UK count is expected to continue through May 6th and May 7th
– 8 May: Final results from Northern Ireland may not be announced by that date
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