Get out and vote on May 3

Tower Hamlets Polling Station

The borough’s eligible voters are being urged to use, and not lose their votes on May 3 for the mayoral and council elections in Tower Hamlets.

The polls will open at 75 locations across the whole of the borough next Thursday from 7am until they close at 10pm. 

The counts will then take place at the Excel Centre. It starts with the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, with the counting taking place overnight and the result expected to be declared on the morning of Friday 4 May. 

This is followed by the counting of the votes for those who will be elected to serve as the borough’s new councillors, with these results expected during the afternoon and evening of Friday May 4. 

Details of where the Tower Hamlets polling premises and stations are located are listed on polling cards sent to homes, and residents can also find their polling station by entering their postcode into the council’s online tool here

Chief Executive of the council and Returning Officer for the elections, Will Tuckley, said:

“The council has worked hard to provide opportunities for people to register to vote and it is gratifying that many more residents have joined the electoral register. We are also working closely with our partners, including the police, to build on our range of robust measures to provide safe and secure elections.

“I urge all eligible voters to make sure that they use their important vote on May 3.”

The council has been working closely with local and national partners, including the police and the Electoral Commission to ensure that voting in Tower Hamlets is safe, secure and runs smoothly and efficiently. 

Every polling station will have a police presence to reassure voters, and enforce exclusion zones around the entrance to polling stations, so that people can vote easily without interference.  This now well-established Tower Hamlets arrangement has been recognised nationally as good practice.

The council is also supporting the CrimeStoppers and Electoral Commission anti-electoral fraud campaign ‘Your Vote is Yours Alone’, and is also a postal vote pilot area supported by the Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission. This project monitors the distribution and return of postal votes to ensure the process works effectively and people are able to cast their votes securely.  The council is also running detailed checks on households where five or more people are registered to vote.

You can raise any concerns about the forthcoming elections with the council and Police via a simple online form in the ‘Report It’ and ‘Elections’ sections of the council website.

Alternatively you can contact the police directly by email SETelections@met.police.uk, call 101 or contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111. 

For a fully comprehensive guide to the elections taking place, including lists of all candidates standing visit the council’s website www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/elections 

If you need to contact the council’s electoral services team you can call 020 7364 5000 or email vote@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Posted on Friday 27th April 2018