Last chance to register to vote for the first elected GM Mayor

There are just days left for those not eligible to vote to add themselves to the electoral register in time to have a say in the first elections for a Greater Manchester mayor.

People will not be able to vote on Thursday, May 4, unless they have registered by Thursday, April 13.

 Eight candidates have confirmed that they are standing in the landmark election, and Greater Manchester people are urged to make sure they are registered so they can have their democratic say.

Anyone who is already on the electoral register can also choose to register to vote by post. Applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, April 18.

The deadline to appoint a proxy – to appoint someone else to vote on your behalf – is 5pm on Tuesday, April 25.

Registration is a quick and easy process. If you are not registered you can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to download a registration form.

You only need your date of birth and National Insurance number. If you need to update your details (for example if you have moved house, or changed surname through marriage) or simply check whether you are on the register visit www.tameside.gov.uk/elections/votersinformation

Anyone who is already on the electoral register at their current address with the correct details need take no further action.

The eight candidates standing to become the first elected Mayor of Greater Manchester are:

Sean Brian Anstee, The Conservative Party.

Mohammad Aslam, Independent.

Jane Elisabeth Brophy, Liberal Democrats.

Andy Burnham, Labour and Co-operative Party.

Marcus Jonathan Farmer, Independent.

Stephen Morris, English Democrats.

Shneur Zalman Odze (UKIP)

Will Patterson, The Green Party.

 

 The election will represent a significant shift in the way Greater Manchester is run and forms part of the devolution deal for Greater Manchester, through which Whitehall is handing powers to the local area.

The powers will be held by the directly-elected mayor who, like the Mayor of London, will be able to represent the region on the international stage.

The Mayor will:

  • have control over new long-term budgets from central government; 
  • exercise powers to control local roads, transport investment, strategic planning, improve skills and build new homes;
  • lobby on behalf of their area, on the issues that matter to local people not only in Westminster, but on the world stage;
  • work with local business leaders to achieve what’s best for local jobs and the economy; and
  • capitalise on local strengths and assets like our universities, scientific research and innovation.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “It’s one month to go until residents in Tameside – and across Greater Manchester – have an historic opportunity to shape how the area is run and vote for the region’s first directly-elected mayor.

“But this is not just about voting for another politician – they’re voting to take control of issues that matter to them, whether that’s housing or transport, skills provision or new jobs.

“So my message to people in Tameside is simple: check you’re registered to vote, so you can have your say on 4 May.” 

Devolution deals across the country mean there will be elections for new Mayors in Liverpool City Region, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West of England, West Midlands and Tees Valley as well as Greater Manchester.

 

• In the countdown to the election we will be meeting the candidates and you can hear what they have to say and why you should vote for them

by tuning into  The Reporter Show on Tameside Radio 103.6FM each Thursday from 7pm starting this week.