Oldham Council is reminding residents that local elections are taking place on Thursday, May 22. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm that day and registered voters should have received cards explaining where to go to vote.

A total of 21 seats are up for election: one third of Oldham Council’s 60 seats (one in each of the 20 wards), plus a by-election in another seat in the St James ward which was recently vacated by Councillor Nigel Newton.

Voters should not number their choice(s) on the ballot paper. They should simply place a cross against one or two candidates. Anybody who votes for just one candidate will still have cast a valid vote.

Oldham Council is firmly committed to a fair and democratic election. Voters are encouraged to use their right to vote and reminded that if you have any evidence of an electoral offence having been committed, you should contact the police immediately. The election count will take place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday, May 23. The vote verification process will start at 9.30am that day and it is anticipated the count will start at around 2pm.

You can keep up to date with the results as they are announced by following @OldhamCouncil on Twitter or by visiting the link from our website (www.oldham.gov.uk) to the results which will be posted at www.oldham.gov.uk/electionresults

Oldham Community Radio will also be broadcasting live from the count that afternoon on 99.7FM.

The current composition of Oldham Council is: 43 – Labour; 14 – Liberal Democrats; 2 – Conservative; plus 1 vacant.

Elections are also taking place on May 22 to choose the North West’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). More information can be found at www.northwestvotes.gov.uk



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