Candidates in Rotherham Council elections announced

Published Friday, 8th April 2016
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Candidates standing in next month’s local elections in Rotherham have now been announced.

In total 163 candidates are standing across all 21 wards in the borough – the first time all 63 seats on the council have been up for election at the same time, having previously been elected by a third at a time.

Candidates are broken down by political party as below:

  • 63 Labour
  • 41 UKIP
  • 23 Conservative
  • 13 Green
  • 13 Independent
  • 5 Liberal Democrat
  • 3 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
  • 2 Yorkshire First

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election will also take place on the same day, Thursday 5 May 2016.

People are reminded that they need to be on the electoral register to be able to vote in the borough and PCC elections – and time is running out to make sure they don’t lose their say, as the 18 April registration deadline draws closer.

Rotherham Council Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Sharon Kemp said: "This is a particularly significant election for Rotherham, as all seats across all of our wards are up for election – previously people have only voted for a third of the council at a time.

"As such it is especially important that you are able to cast a vote, and we would urge everyone who is eligible to vote to make sure they are registered to do so now, ahead of the 18 April deadline.

"Because all seats are up for election this will feel slightly different for voters when they go to the polls on 5 May – they will be able to vote for up to three candidates in each ward, rather than one as in previous elections. We will be doing our best to help everyone understand the changes this year."

People are reminded that they will also need to be registered to vote to have their say in the EU referendum which is taking place on 23 June.

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