Historic election day for BCP Council almost here

Posted on Monday 29 April 2019

Residents are just three days away from being able to cast their votes in the first ever BCP Council local elections on Thursday.

A total of 322,307 people in the BCP Council area are registered and eligible to vote in what will be an historic election day for the people of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Around 39,000 people have opted to have their say using a postal vote which means the majority will be exercising their democratic right through visiting their local polling station between 7am and 10pm.

However, following the Electoral Commission boundary review, some residents may find their polling station is now located in a different place to the one they have become used to and all residents are urged to check beforehand.

Your local polling station is listed on your polling card. Alternatively you can check now online.

Graham Farrant, Chief Executive of BCP Council and Returning Officer, said:

“Thursday heralds a significant and historic event as the day of the first elections for BCP Council.

“The Council is responsible for hundreds of services that affect our everyday lives from emptying bins and maintaining our roads and beautiful open spaces to caring for our most vulnerable in our society. We encourage everyone to exercise their democratic right to have their say on who they want to run their local services.”

The election will result in 76 councillors being elected across 33 wards to serve on BCP Council and a number of elected members appointed to town and parish councils within the Christchurch area.