As everyone is probably aware, Thursday is local election day which is the public’s opportunity to tell us politicians what they think of us. Altogether the Tameside public will be asked to cast their vote for 19 candidates, one for each ward across the borough.
Voting in local elections is important, I would argue more so for our residents than voting in the general election. For a start it’s the decisions this council makes that have a more profound effect on residents’ day-to-day lives, the services and facilities they use as well as things such as their health and wellbeing. It’s the one time throughout the year that the voting public can have their say on whether they think we’re doing a decent job.
Tameside residents do have a reputation for active participation in local elections. Last year all 19 ward elections attracted a voting rate of over 30%, but we are looking to do much better this time around. It may seem obvious but the more people who turn out and vote the more democratic the election and the more credible the mandate for those in power. That surely has to be what voters want?
This year I would urge even more residents to use their vote; it’s the best way of ensuring everyone plays their part in the democratic process.
To help our residents the council has provided a whole raft of useful information to help them during the elections. Information on where the nearest polling station is and the election timetable and information on and for all the candidates and their agents is up there.
And just to make the whole event more up-to-the-minute the council has also set up a dedicated Twitter address so anyone interested can follow the council throughout the election process. The hash tag is #TLE12 for those who are interested.
So people should have no excuse for not taking part and casting their vote in next Thursday’s elections because all the crucial information can be found by clicking on: http://www.tameside.gov.uk/elections/electors
Go on play your part and have a say in how you would like Tameside to be run as we move forward.