Who gets your vote in the local elections in May?

WHO will get your vote when Saddleworth and Oldham go to the polls on Thursday, May 6?

The candidates who are vying for votes in the local elections, Saddleworth Parish Council by-election and Greater Manchester Mayoral Election have now been confirmed.

In the local elections, voters will cast their choice of who they want to elect to represent them on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council.

One seat is being contested in each of the 20 wards in Oldham, including three wards in Saddleworth: Saddleworth North, Saddleworth South, and Saddleworth West and Lees.

Each ward is represented by three borough councillors, with one up for election each year.

Residents who are registered to vote can have their say for the ward in which they live. You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote.

There is also a Saddleworth Parish Council by-election being held to fill vacancies left by Neil Allsopp and Alan Belmore.

They resigned last summer as both moved away from the area and the by-election to fill their positions in the Greenfield ward was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Look out for more information on the candidates in the April edition of the Saddleworth Independent.

To find out more about all the candidates across the borough, visit Oldham Council’s website.

On the same day will be the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election, also delayed from May 2020 because of the pandemic.

The election, which is being held for only the second time, will use a supplementary vote system in which voters express a first and a second preference for candidates.

The Mayor serves as the elected leader of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with power over investment from the government as well as authority over strategic housing planning, transport, adult education and skills, social care and others.

To have your say in any of the elections on May 6, you must be registered to vote. If you’re not already registered, check your eligibility and sign up online. The deadline is midnight on April 19, 2021.

There are different ways to vote in the elections: at your local polling station, by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf).

You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote if you wish to vote in person at your local polling station on May 6.

Significant efforts have been made to ensure that all polling stations are Covid safe. Voters and staff will be required to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt), observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser which will be made available. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil should they wish to do so.

To register for a postal vote, download and complete an application form from Oldham Council’s website. The deadline is 5pm on April 20, 2021.

You will receive a voting pack in the post including instructions on how to vote. Make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on election day.

To register for a proxy vote, so you can appoint someone to cast your vote, download and complete an application form from Oldham Council’s website.The deadline 5pm on April 27, 2021.

The verification and counts for local elections will commence at 10pm on Thursday, May 6 at various locations across Oldham.

The count for Saddleworth South, Saddleworth North, Saddleworth West and Lees will be held at Oldham Sports Centre.

The Saddleworth Parish Council by-election count for the Greenfield Ward will take place on Friday, May 7 at 11am in the Queen Elizabeth hall.

The local count for the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election will commence at 10.30am on Saturday, May 8 in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Oldham Sports Centre.

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