Get ready for the elections

Election count at the leisure centre in Bury St Edmunds in 2011
Election count at the leisure centre in Bury St Edmunds in 2011
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Have your say

In just four months, voters will take to the ballot boxes to choose who they want representing them in decisions on important topics like finance, health and education.

The General Election will decide the balance of power in Parliament, while May 7 will also see voters decide who they want representing them in the council chambers of Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Parish and town council elections will take place on the same day.

At the 2011 election, voter turn out for St Edmundsbury was 40.37 per cent while for Forest Heath it was 38 per cent.

“Every decision made nationally or locally is the result of democracy – the right for us all collectively to have our say on how our country, our borough or district, or even our town or parish is run,” said Cllr Stephen Edwards, Cabinet Member for Resources, Governance and Performance at Forest Heath.

“There is little worse than when someone complains about how the Government, or a council is being run, and in the next breath says they cannot be bothered to vote - apathy is no excuse,” he added.

Cllr David Ray, Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance, said: “Politics plays a role in every aspect of your life from the moment you wake up until the time you close your eyes once more - from housing, to work, to the amount of money you have to spare when you go shopping, the roads you drive your car on, the places where you go to relax at weekends.

“Too many people fail to engage in politics. People worldwide have fought and died for democracy – it shouldn’t be taken for granted. If you don’t like the choice of candidates then convince someone else that you could support to stand, or perhaps stand as a candidate yourself.”

To register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Alternatively, email elections@westsuffolk.gov.uk call 01638 719364 or write to Ken Crow, Electoral Services Manager, at either Forest Heath District Council in College Heath Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7EY, or St Edmundsbury Borough Council, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury, Suffolk, IP33 3YU.