Nomination deadline for elections approaching

Observatory comp'Burnley Town Hall, by Peter Seavers
Observatory comp'Burnley Town Hall, by Peter Seavers

The deadline for candidates to put themselves forward for the forthcoming Parliamentary and local elections in Burnley is fast approaching.

People have until 4pm on Thursday to submit their nomination for the elections on May 7th.

“Anyone interested in becoming the borough’s MP or a local councillor should pick up a nomination pack from the elections office at Burnley Town Hall or contact the elections staff on 01282 477261,” said elections officer Alison Stirling.

“The Notice of Election begins a timetable of events leading up to polling day and the election count. As always Burnley Council encourages everyone eligible to vote to do so. This is your chance to have your say in who represents your area, both at Westminster and at the town hall, and who makes major decisions that affect everyone.”

In order to vote people must be registered. The deadline for registration is April 20th. To register go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote email democracy@burnley.gov.uk or call the elections office on 477261.

In the local elections one seat in each of the borough’s 15 wards is up for grabs. There will also be a by-election in the Hapton with Park ward following the recent resignation of Jonathan Barker. The council make-up is currently Labour 27 seats; Liberal Democrat 12, Conservative 5 and one vacant.