ALL Thurrock residents will be heading to the polls on Thursday 5 May this year for the election of a Police Crime and Commissioner for Essex and for the 17 borough seats up for re-election.
In three wards; Little Thurrock Rectory, Stifford Clays and Tilbury Riverside & Thurrock Park there will be no borough election. Electors will vote in the Police Crime and Commissioner election only.
Thurrock Council is democratically elected by thirds with a poll held three years out of four, but in wards where there are only two members – such as those above – local elections are held two years out of four.
This year, the borough election will be officially called on Tuesday, 29 March, and nominations to stand can be made from 9am that day. Nominations close at 4pm on Thursday 7 April.
The Returning Officer will be issuing combined poll cards for the Local and Police Crime and Commissioner Elections and they will be delivered from 31 March.
Additional poll cards will be delivered for electors who have recently applied to register to vote or register up to 18 April.
The Statement of Persons nominated, showing candidates for each ward and political party, will be published by 4pm on Friday 8 April.
Voters can apply to register to vote until midnight, Monday 18 April by visiting gov.uk/register-to-vote or telephone 01375 652816. They can also contact electoral services by email – email@example.com
If you wish to receive a postal vote you must apply by 5pm Tuesday 19 April. Existing postal voters will receive their postal vote packs from Monday 18 April.
If you would like to apply for a proxy vote you should contact the team by 5pm Tuesday 26 April.
Polling stations will be open from 7am – 10pm on polling day and your poll card will tell you your station. You don’t need to take your poll card with you, but you must be on the register to vote.
To find out more about the May elections, registering to vote, how you can vote, and how to become a councillor, go to thurrock.gov.uk/electoral