Time ticking away if you want to vote 


    Time ticking away if you want to vote 

    Time is ticking away for people in Stafford Borough to register to be able to vote in next month’s elections. 
    Stafford Borough Council will be running a number of polls on Thursday 6 May – after elections were postponed last year because of Covid-19. 
    Elections will be held to elect a new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), for all seats on Staffordshire County Council and Creswell Parish Council and a by-election for a seat on Stone Town Council. There will also be a referendum to decide whether residents of Stone accept a proposed ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ - which helps regulate development in the area. 
    The last day to register to be able to take part in the elections is Monday 19 April and residents can find out how by going to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/how-do-you-register-to-vote 
    Electoral Returning Officer, Tim Clegg, who is the Chief Executive of the Borough Council, urged people to make sure they were registered to vote to take part in the elections. 
    “Democracy is something you only miss when it is not there. Taking part in these elections gives you the opportunity to say who will be representing you and taking key decisions on how local services are provided across the county. 
    “You will also be asked to choose who you want as Staffordshire’s new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner – and there is only a short period of time left to ensure you are able to vote so I’d encourage everyone to register if they have not already.”  
    The role of the PFCC is to set the priorities for the police and fire services in Staffordshire - holding the chief officers to account. 
    He added “It only takes a few minutes to register online to vote and it is very straightforward. There will be a polling station near to wherever you live or you can have a postal vote.” 
    “There has been a tremendous amount of planning to ensure these elections can go ahead safely. We have a very experienced election team and our priority is that people will be able to exercise their democratic right to vote in a safe environment.” 
    The elections for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Creswell Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan referendum did not go-ahead last year due to the pandemic. 
    For more information got to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/elections or email elections@staffordbc.gov.uk or call 01785 619 424. 

    Press Release No 5756

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