With less than 50 days until the people of Wrexham take to the ballot boxes, the ‘pre-election period’ for the upcoming Wrexham Council election has begun.
Residents and people working in Wrexham over the age of 18 are invited to consider standing for election in the local Council elections to be held in what is now only a few weeks time on May 4th – so it is not too late to decide to stand if you think you can do a better job, or wish to translate words into action!
The nomination process has now started and anyone considering standing should contact the Electoral Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone them on 01978 292020 to find out the next steps.
Nominations will be accepted from 9.00 am on Monday (20th March) and will close at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 4th April.
In total there will be 52 councillors elected to represent the 47 electoral wards across Wrexham. In the 2012 local government elections 132 individuals stood either independently or with party allegiance, and we think the figure could top 150 this time around.
The political line-up of Wrexham Council appears to be one point surfacing on election leaflets delivered so far, and formally it is currently made up of 20 Independents, 12 Labour, 8 Wrexham Independents, 5 Conservatives, 5 Liberal Democrats and 2 Plaid Cymru councillors. I
New or returning Councillors will be elected for a period of five years during which time they will be responsible for ensuring the provision of essential services to the people of Wrexham such as bin collections, social services, education and transport.
Today also sees the start of the ‘pre-election period’, formerly known as ‘purdah’ – meaning that Wrexham Council are guided to not publish material which makes reference to individual politicians or arrange any events on behalf of politicians or prospective candidates.
Councillors may continue to put out their own publicity as they see fit, however they may not do so with the resources of the Council.
If you’re not happy with how you’re represented locally, or wish to give support to existing councillors, then make sure you’re registered to vote. Voting takes literally minutes to do and you have until April 13th to do so!
You can register or check your registration on https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Below is a picture from the 2012 results night, and in a few weeks time this will happen again, so make sure you take part and vote!