Election alert: Don’t miss your voting slip

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ANYONE wanting to vote in the Calderdale Council elections in May must be registered by April 14.

A total of 146,548 are already on the polling list but many more could miss out on the local, town and parish council elections and UK referendum on the parliamentary voting system, which will all take place on May 5.

“Anyone who has moved house in the past few months needs to register with their new address,” said electoral registration officer Owen Williams.

Seventeen seats will be up for grabs on Calderdale Council – a third of the total.

Nominations for those wanting to stand will close on April 4.

The Conservatives will be defending six seats, Labour and the Liberal Democrats four each and there are three seats which are currently held by Independents.

The result could determine whether Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors jointly run the council for another year.

Town and parish council elections are held every four years.

There are seven in Calderdale and this year they will spend about £450,000 on services in their area.

They are Hebden Royd, which has 18 seats, Todmorden (18), Ripponden (12) Heptonstall (nine), Wadsworth (nine), Blackshaw (seven) and Erringden (five).

In 2007, there were 101 candidates for the 79 seats on town and parish councils.

Residents can request a voting registration form by calling Halifax 393103 or by printing off a registration form from the council’s website www.calderdale.gov.uk.

Barbara Lines from the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, said some people might be planning to be away on May 5, given the extra Bank Holiday for the royal wedding.

“So it is worth applying now to vote by post or proxy if that will suit your plans.”