The countdown has begun to Manchester City Council local elections, on Thursday 3 May 2018.
New ward boundaries will come into effect at the elections, following an electoral review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. As a result, electors will have the opportunity to vote for three candidates in their ward.
To take part, people must be registered to vote. If you are not already registered, the deadline to do so is by Tuesday 17 April 2018.
Registration is a quick and easy process. If you are not registered, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will just need your date of birth and national insurance number. Registration should take five minutes, according to City Council.
Anyone who is registered to vote can also choose to vote by post, or by proxy. Applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The deadline for the receipt of proxy vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.
Electors will receive poll cards, which will confirm their voting arrangements, from Friday 23 March 2018 onwards. An online polling station checker is also available at www.manchester.gov.uk/pollingstations.
A full list of candidates will be published at 4pm on Monday 9 April 2018. The count and declaration for the local election results will take place on Friday 4 May 2018.
Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer for Manchester, said: “This election gives Manchester residents the opportunity to elect the councillors who will represent them locally.
“It’s vital that nobody loses out on their right to vote, so please make sure that you are registered to have your say by Tuesday 17 April.”
To find out more about the ward boundary changes and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s Electoral Review of Manchester, visit www.lgbce.org.uk.