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Make your vote count, says council chief

Created on 02/05/2017 @ 13:06
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Council chiefs are urging people to make their vote count at this week’s town, community and county council elections.


While there’s only one seat on Newtown Town Council being contested at Thursday’s election day, most county council wards will see candidates contesting the seats in the town (see election article in our features section for details of who is standing for town and county elections in Newtown).


Powys County Council’s Returning Officer, Jeremy Patterson, urged people to make their vote count.


Voters from Newtown and across Powys will decide which councillors will represent them and their local area for the next five years.  Polling stations will open from 7am until 10pm on 4 May.


“Candidates may represent a political party or they may be independent but all successful candidates will be elected by their local community,” said a council spokesperson.


“Out of the 73 county council wards, 56 wards will see a contested election which will involve 158 candidates.”


With less than a week to go, the message from Powys’ Returning Officer is to “use your vote on Thursday, 4 May.”


Mr Patterson, said: “On Thursday, May 4, voters will have the opportunity to vote for who they think is the best candidate to represent their community on the council for the next five years.


“Who you vote for is entirely between you and the ballot paper but, if you are eligible to take part in these elections, I would encourage you to use your vote so your council is truly representative of the wishes of your community.


“The council delivers important services such as social care, education and bin collections so it is important you have your say on who your council representative is by using your right to vote.”


The count for the county council elections in Powys will take place the following day on Friday, 5 May at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.


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