Thurrock Council has officially launched this year’s local election campaign – the poll will be held on Thursday, 5 May and the Notice of Election was published on Tuesday, 29 March.
Nominations to stand as a candidate for the local elections – which will be held in 17 of Thurrock’s 20 wards – close at 4pm on Thursday, 7 April.
This year there will be two polls on 5 May, with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex election being held on the same day, so polling cards will be delivered to everybody on the Electoral Register (unless they are not 18 on polling day).
The cards will be delivered between Thursday, 31 March and Thursday 7 April and will give details of where the local polling station will be, the times polling stations are open, and how to apply for postal or proxy votes. The poll card is for information only; it is not required to vote.
Although all Thurrock voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for the Police and Crime Commissioner post on 5 May, those in three wards – Little Thurrock Rectory, Stifford Clays, and Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park – have no local council elections on that day.
If you have not yet registered to vote you have until midnight on 18 April to apply. You can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or by calling 01375 652816
Details of what wards and councillors’ seats are up for election this May are available here: http://democracy.thurrock.gov.uk/documents/s4096/Appendix%201%20order%20of%20retirement.pdf