Residents urged to vote in upcoming Welwyn Hatfield elections

PUBLISHED: 10:38 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:38 21 March 2016

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Welwyn Hatfield will soon go to the polls for the borough and police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections.

The elections will take place on Thursday, May 5.

Residents have until Monday, April 18 to register to vote. They must apply for a new postal vote, or request to cancel or change an existing postal or proxy vote arrangement by 5pm on Tuesday, April 19. They also have until 5pm on Tuesday, April 26 to vote by proxy.

As a result of ward boundary changes, this year there will be all-out elections in Welwyn Hatfield. There will be 48 councillors elected to represent 16 wards, with three representing each ward.

The current make-up of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is 29 Conservative, 14 Labour, two Liberal Democrat, two Independent Group and one vacancy.

PCCs are elected representatives who are responsible for ensuring that the police meet the needs of their local communities. The successful candidate in the Hertfordshire PCC elections will oversee how the county is policed, set the police budget, decide the amount of council tax that is charged for the police and keep residents updated on what local police are doing to keep the area safe.

A list of candidates nominated in the borough and PCC elections will be published on Friday, April 8.

Registering to vote in the elections is straightforward, and can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

If you don’t have internet access, or are unable to use it, contact Electoral Services on 01707 357300 to request an application form.

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