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Local elections 2021: what time do the polls open on May 6 and how many councils are participating?

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The local council elections will be held this Thursday, May 6, after a year of delay due to the coronavirus.

The coronavirus emergency law passed by Parliament saw the election of local councilors, police and crime commissioners and the mayor of London (among others) postponed until 2020, with those elected in office remaining in their positions. positions for an additional 12 months.

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Due to the delay, May 6 will see the most seats to be elected since 1973.

The coronavirus is expected to be the most important issue for voters in elections, despite key decisions on the pandemic being made at the national level. A survey by the University of Essex nevertheless found that 59% of respondents ranked the coronavirus as their priority problem.

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With over 5,000 seats to elect, here’s everything you need to know before Election Day.

When do the elections take place?

This year’s local elections will take place this Thursday, May 6. Polling stations will open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

How many boards participate?

Elections will be held for 143 English local councils and around 48 million people will be able to vote for over 5,000 seats.

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People will be able to vote for 13 directly elected mayors in areas such as Bristol, Greater Manchester, Liverpool area, West Yorkshire, Doncaster and Salford. This includes an election for the Mayor of London and for the 25 seats in the London Assembly.

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A UK parliamentary by-election for the Hartlepool constituency is scheduled for May 6, following the resignation of former Labor MP Mike Hill.

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Police and Crime Commissioners will also be elected on that date, and voters in Scotland and Wales will elect representatives to their decentralized parliaments – Holyrood in Scotland and the Senedd in Wales.

The last time that so many seats were up for election was in 1973, when the local government was reorganized.

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