Election timetable

Vote 2015 portraitThe general election campaign has started and you might be forgiven for asking – where is the list of candidates you promised us?

In fact, both the parliamentary and local council elections are still open for nominations. So if you fancy putting yourself forward – you’ll need eight supporters and £500 if you want to be an MP – you have got until 4pm on Thursday 9 April.

After that point Leeds City Council will publish details of all the candidates and we will start building our pages and writing to each candidate.

We have had some great questions sent in, but there’s still time to add yours. Please email a question you would like to ask all the candidates in your ward or in the parliamentary constituency to info@sllife.leeds11.com.

Are you registered to vote?

You must be on the register if you want to vote on 7 May. The deadline for registering is Monday 20 April, you can register online here: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Other important dates:

If you want to vote by Postal Vote, you must register by Tuesday 21 April for more information go to: www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/postal-voting.aspx

If you want someone to vote on your behalf at the polling station, you must register for a Proxy Vote by Tuesday 28 April. More details here: www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Proxy-voting.aspx

Polling cards will be sent out by 4 April. If you register between 10 March and 20 April, your poll card will be sent out on 27 April. However, if it doesn’t arrive, or you lose it, you can still vote. You can find out where your polling station is by using the council’s Where I Live page: www.leeds.gov.uk/Whereilive/Pages/default.aspx

Voting in both elections takes place on Thursday 7 May. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

The count for Leeds Central MP will take place immediately after the polls close. The count for Leeds City Council will take place on Friday 8 May starting at 2pm. South Leeds Life will bring you the results as soon as they are announced.