West Norfolk voters urged to have a say on polling day

An election 2015 ballot box
An election 2015 ballot box

With just over 50 days to go to polling day, residents in West Norfolk are being urged to ensure they are registered to vote in the forthcoming elections.

The plea was made yesterday as council officials issued the formal notice of the borough and parish council polls which are scheduled to take place alongside the Parliamentary elections on May 7.

A West Norfolk Council spokesman said: “We are urging everyone to make sure they make their vote count by checking that they are registered to vote.

“Anyone whose name is not included on the Register of Electors has until Monday, April 20 to apply.”

Meanwhile, applications for a postal vote will close at 5pm on Tuesday, April 21, and for proxy votes at the same time on Tuesday, April 28.

Emergency applications for a proxy vote after that deadline can be made up until 5pm on polling day itself.

A total of 62 councillors will be elected in 42 wards across the borough.

Three wards – Denton, Gaywood North Bank and Hunstanton – will elect three councillors with voters in 12 other wards selecting two councillors.

Parliamentary votes will be counted overnight on May 7, with the borough votes to be counted on the afternoon of Friday, May 8. Any parish election votes will then be counted on the following Monday, May 11.

Meanwhile, students at a Lynn secondary school are set to fire the starting gun on the main election campaign when they grill some of the area’s Parliamentary candidates next week.

A Question Time-style debate will be held at the Springwood High School next Friday, March 27, with sixth form students questioning the five main parties’ North West Norfolk election candidates.

School officials say Conservative Henry Bellingham, Labour’s Jo Rust, Toby Coke of UKIP, Liberal Democrat Hugh Lanham and the Green Party’s Michael de Whalley have all agreed to take part.

A spokesman said: “It’s the first event of its kind that the school has ever held.

“Sixth Form students are preparing questions for the panelists and reading up on the policies of the parties represented.”

Registration also remains open for the Lynn News’ own election hustings event, which will take place at the College of West Anglia on Tuesday, April 21, from 6.30pm.

To register your interest in attending, email your name, address and a contact telephone number to allister.webb@jpress.co.uk by 5pm this Friday, March 20.

If the event is oversubscribed, a ballot will then take place and the names of those selected will be held on the door. Audience members should bring photo identification with them on the night.

When registering, you can also submit one question via the same email address which may be put to the panel on the night.

All of the questions posed will be collated ahead of the event.

Anyone who is allocated seats but who subsequently cannot attend should phone 01553 817329 so places can be re-allocated.