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PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 31 May 2010

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PREPARATIONS are under way for polling day across Uttlesford on May 3 and people are being urged to have their say and register to vote. Residents will be electing 44 district councillors in 27 different wards and 423 councillors in each of the 52 parish

PREPARATIONS are under way for polling day across Uttlesford on May 3 and people are being urged to have their say and register to vote.

Residents will be electing 44 district councillors in 27 different wards and 423 councillors in each of the 52 parish and town councils throughout the district.

Uttlesford District Council's Electoral Services Officer, Peter Snow, said: "By registering to vote, local people have a chance to influence the way the council is run and we are keen to get as many outstanding forms returned as possible.

"Voters can now opt to be excluded from the edited register, which is available for sale to anyone, by ticking a column in part two of the registration form which will help limit marketing companies' access to their personal details.

"Applications to register to vote at the election and by post must be received by 5pm on Wednesday April 18 and applications to vote by proxy have to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, April 25."

Four years ago the turnout in Uttlesford was just 38.4 per cent, with contested elections in all 27 district wards and in 13 parishes and parish wards.

The remaining parishes all had uncontested elections, where the number of candidates did not exceed the number of places to be filled.

As a result, 31 Liberal Democrats, 10 Conservatives and three Independents were elected to serve Uttlesford District Council (UDC).

Four by-elections have taken place since then, with the Conservatives gaining two seats from the Liberal Democrats in Great Dunmow South ward, as well as in Wimbish and Debden.

And there is still time to apply to stand as a district or parish councillor at the upcoming elections.

A UDC spokesman said: "Anyone wishing to become a district or parish councillor may obtain nomination papers from the electoral office at our London Road offices in Saffron Walden.

"Parish nomination papers are available from each parish or town clerk.

"Completed forms must be received by the Returning Officer at the London Road office between Monday March 26 and noon on Wednesday April 4 and staff will be available during office hours to check the validity of papers submitted."

The voting period at local government elections is between 7am and 10pm, and the count will take place on Friday May 4.

Further information and advice about the election may be obtained from the electoral services office via e-mail at elections@uttlesford.gov.uk or by calling 01799 510431.

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