Candidates announced for the Hampshire County Council elections
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
The names have been published of the candidates nominated to stand in the upcoming Hampshire County Council elections to be held on Thursday 2 May 2013.
The list of candidates for each electoral division is now available to view on the County Council's elections webpages.
A county-wide election takes place every four years and voters in all 75 electoral divisions choose who they want to run the range of essential local services that impact on all aspects of everyday life for 1.3million people living in the Hampshire County Council area, from education, roads and social care, to access to the countryside, museums and libraries.
Three divisions elect two councillors so Hampshire County Council consists of 78 councillors. These councillors represent all the people within their divisions and decide how £1.8billion of taxpayers' money is spent, and make the policies to secure high quality services for the residents of, and visitors to Hampshire. Councillors provide a focus for local people when they have concerns or want things done, using their local knowledge of the area and the issues affecting residents to help the County Council make decisions and check the quality of services it delivers.
District councils run the County Council's four-yearly elections on behalf of Andrew Smith, the County Returning Officer and Chief Executive.
Andrew Smith, said: "There is just over a week until the deadline for residents to register to vote in the upcoming County Council elections. I would therefore urge anyone who has not already done so, to contact their local borough or district council to add their name to the electoral register as the last date for registration is Wednesday 17 April. This ensures that you will be eligible to cast your vote on 2 May.
"County Council elections enable the democratic process to take place and provide an opportunity for members of the public to have their say at the ballot box. I would encourage everyone who is entitled to vote, to turn out on 2 May and choose who they wish to represent them on the Council."
To be eligible to vote and have your say in the County Council elections, residents must be on the electoral register, having registered with their local borough or district council by Wednesday 17 April.
For anyone wishing to cast their vote by post, applications for postal votes must also be received by the district councils by 17 April, and proxy vote applications by 24 April.
Counting will take place by the district councils and up to the minute results as each division is declared, will be available on our elections webpages. The earliest results are expected in the early hours of Friday 3 May after the polling stations close at 10pm on Thursday.
The Full Council will meet for the first time after the elections on Thursday 23 May, at which time the new administration is formally established. The first meeting of the Cabinet will take place on Monday 24 June.
The current political make-up of the Council, following the last elections in June 2009 and four by-elections, is:
Liberal Democrats 24
Community Campaign (Hart) 1
Green Party 1
Information for residents about how to vote, how to register for a vote or check if you are already registered, is available from the Electoral Commission or telephone 020 7271 0500.