One month to go until election for first Greater Manchester Mayor
Today (Tuesday 4 April 2017) marks one month to go until the election to choose the first ever – but there is now less than a fortnight left to make sure you are registered to vote.
The historic vote to choose who fills the post, created as part of Greater Manchester’s pioneering devolution deals, takes place on Thursday 4 May, with the count and result declaration taking place on Friday 5 May. The deadline for people to be on the electoral register is Thursday 13 April. Anyone who is already on the electoral register at their current address need take no further action to ensure they can have their say. But anyone who is not registered and wants to take part in encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Registration is a quick and easy process. You can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to download a registration form. You will just need your date of birth and national insurance number. If you need to update your details (for example if you have moved house, or changed surname through marriage) you should contact your local council.
The deadline for anyone who is on the electoral register to request a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. Details of all confirmed candidates for the mayoral election will be published tomorrow, Wednesday 5 April.
Eamonn Boylan, Combined Authority Returning Officer for Greater Manchester, said: “The Mayor of Greater Manchester will be a significant figure in the political life of the region. Who it will be is up to the electors of Greater Manchester. We are keen to ensure that everyone who wants to have their say is in a position to do so – and that means making sure you’re registered.”
For more information about the Mayor’s role and powers, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the mayoral election visit www.gmelects.org.uk