By KLTV Newsdesk –
Local residents can now access a full list of candidates who will be standing in the upcoming Kirklees local elections, taking place on 4 May 2023.
The announcement comes after the deadline for submitting nominations closed at 4 pm on 4 April.
The list of candidates can be found on the statement of persons nominated 2023 webpage.
One-third of all 69 seats are up for election, with one seat in all of the 23 wards in Kirklees going to the polls.
An additional seat in the Ashbrow Ward makes a total of 24 seats up for election.
The current council has a Labour majority, with 36 seats, followed by Conservative (18 seats), Liberal Democrat (8 seats), Green (3 seats), Holme Valley Independents (3 seats), and other Independents (1 seat).
The upcoming election also includes Parish and Town Council elections, which may take place if contested in some areas.
Of the 24 district seats up for election this year, Labour holds 11, Conservative 5, Liberal Democrats 4, Independents 3, and Green 1.
The election count will take place on Friday 5 May, starting at 8.45 am, and the results will be announced live throughout the day on the council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
A full round-up of the results will also be published on their website.
How to vote
To vote in the local elections, residents must be registered to vote by midnight on 17 April 2023. You can find out if you’re registered to vote by visiting the elections section of the council’s website.
The council is urging residents to ensure they have an accepted form of photographic ID to present when voting at polling stations.
Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA), or Commonwealth passport, a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence, or some concessionary travel passes.
Residents can also apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate by 5 pm on 25 April.
For those who are unable to visit polling stations, they can vote by post, and the deadline for submitting a completed application form to vote by post is 5 pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.
Additionally, those who need someone to vote on their behalf can apply for a proxy vote, with the deadline to apply being 5 pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.