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Remember to vote on 5 May 2011

Introduction

Chichester District residents are being reminded to make sure they have their say on polling day.


On Thursday 5 May 2011, residents will be able to vote in:

  • Chichester District Council elections;
  • parish elections; and,
  • UK referendum on the voting system to UK Parliament.

Candidates for the district and parish elections can be found on the council's website at www.chichester.gov.uk/elections

The council also wants to make sure residents find out about the National Voting Referendum before turning up at the polling station. A ruling by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission means that on election day, polling staff can only provide limited information on the referendum.

Most importantly, all of the District Council's 237 polling staff, covering a total of 86 polling stations, have been told they cannot give any explanation about the two choices of voting systems to people who want to vote on 5 May.

Chichester District Council's Chief Executive, John Marsland, is encouraging all residents to make sure they are informed about the choices before they arrive at their polling station.

"We don't want residents turning up on election day and getting confused over the two choices for the referendum. Our staff have been told that any voters who require an explanation about how the system works must be referred to a national telephone number, a website, or an information booklet – though this information booklet will not be on display in the polling stations," says John.

"We want to encourage all voters to look at all the information available – the booklet, website and TV advert, before visiting the polling station on Thursday, 5 May between 7am and 10pm."

The booklet should have been delivered to every household before polling day.

The count will take place at Westgate Leisure Centre on Friday, 6 May. The referendum count starts at 4pm across the country and the result will be declared later in the evening.

More information about the UK referendum is available at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or by calling 0800 3 280 280 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-5pm weekends/bank holidays) or 020 7271 0500 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).

For more information please contact the Elections Team on 01243 521010 or elections@chichester.gov.uk