Council gears up for polls

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WITH just over a month to go until Sheffield’s next elections council officers are gearing up for the poll.

Some 28 of the city’s 84 councillors are up for election on May 5, one from each ward.

The shape of Sheffield’s political map is in the balance, with Labour needing only a very small swing to seize power from the Liberal Democrats.

The Lib Dems currently hold 41 seats, Labour have 40, the Green party have two and there is one independent.

On the same day as the election residents will also have the chance to have a say on the future of the British voting system.

Hallam MP and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg forced the Conservatives to agree to hold a referendum on the alternative vote system as part of the coalition agreement.

Polling cards for the local elections and the referendum are being distributed now and booklets explaining the referendum will follow early next month.

Sheffield Council chief executive John Mothersole is the returning officer in charge of the elections.

He told voters: “Your vote will influence decisions made in Sheffield and within your local area.”

To request an application forms for postal votes or proxy votes visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/voting or call the electoral services office on 0114 2734093.

The deadline to request a postal vote or to change an existing postal vote or proxy appointment is Thursday April 14.