Boris Johnson is braced for his first electoral test since the Partygate scandal when voters head to the polls on May 5 for the local elections
Brits have only a few days left to register to vote in local elections taking place across the UK next month.
Contests are taking place on May 5 in each of the four nations, with every council seat in Scotland, Wales, London and many parts of England up for grabs, along with the election of a new Northern Ireland assembly.
People who haven’t registered to vote or are unsure if they are eligible to cast a ballot have only days left to apply.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the deadline to register to vote is on April 14, while in Scotland the deadline is April 18.
Most of the seats up for election on May 5 were last contested in 2018, when the UK was still in the EU, Theresa May was still Prime Minister, Labor was led by Jeremy Corbyn and the Liberal Democrat leader was Sir Vince Cable.
The political landscape of the UK is almost unrecognizable now after the shocks of Brexit, the pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
But local elections are often decided on issues such as bin collections, the state of the roads, and access to libraries and hospitals.
Boris Johnson is bracing for his first electoral test since the Partygate scandal and the Tories will be keenly watching for signs of unrest over the cost of living crisis.
Ailsa Irvine, director of electoral administration and guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “With only a week to go to the registration deadline, time is running out to make sure you can take part in the May elections.
“These elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say in who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life.”
Register to vote online at http://www.gov.uk/registertovote.
All you need is your name, date of birth and national insurance number.
Where will elections take place on May 5?
– Every local authority in Scotland, Wales and London
– South Yorkshire’s regional mayor plus the borough councils of Barnsley and Sheffield
– 60 district councils, 31 Metropolitan boroughs and 19 unitary authorities across the rest of England
– County councils in North Yorkshire and Somerset
– All 90 seats in the Northern Ireland assembly
– Local mayors in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford
There is also a referendum in Bristol on whether to keep or abolish the city’s elected mayor.
The key dates in the run up to polling day
– April 12: Deadline in Northern Ireland to apply for a postal or proxy vote.
– April 14: Deadline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to register to vote.
– April 18: Deadline in Scotland to register to vote.
– April 19: Deadline in England, Scotland and Wales to apply for a postal vote.
– April 26: Deadline in England, Scotland and Wales to apply for a proxy vote.
– May 5: Election day. Polls open from 7am to 10pm.
– Overnight May 5/6: First results expected. Counting in Britain is likely to continue throughout May 6 and into May 7
– May 8: Final results from Northern Ireland might not be declared until this day