Polling stations prepared for voters

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More than 100 polling stations, including churches and village halls, will be used as voters in Stafford Borough elect the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

On Thursday 5 May 131 polling stations will be open across the borough, with approximately 98,000 residents eligible to vote.

Churches, village halls and sporting venues will become polling stations for the day, with a handful of clubs and pubs also hosting booths to ensure residents have a choice of easy-access polling stations in their local community.

Stafford Rangers FC and Stafford Rugby Union FC are two of the venues.

In Stone, the Little Stoke Cricket Club’s clubhouse will host a booth and Stone Tennis and Squash club will be available for voters.

People will also be able to cast their votes in polling stations at Croxton Service Station and the George and Dragon pub in Meaford.

And St Mary’s Church at Ingestre – widely reputed to be the only church designed by Sir Christopher Wren outside London – will also be used.

The deadline to register to vote or apply for postal votes has now passed.

Stafford Borough Council Chief Executive, Ian Thompson, who is the Local Returning Officer, said: “We’re very grateful for the assistance of local businesses and community groups who kindly offer the use of their premises as polling stations.

“They are a central part of the democratic process and I would urge people to get out and exercise their right to vote on May 5th.”

The role of the Commissioner is to hold Chief Constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

The polls will open from 7am to 10pm on 5 May. For more information on the elections visit: www.staffordbc.gov.uk/elections

More information and details of the candidates in the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election are available at www.choosemypcc.org.uk