European Parliamentary Election – 22 May 2014

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European Parliamentary Election – 22 May 2014
between the hours of 7am and 10pm

Whatever your views on Europe, you have a right to vote and make your vote count.

Central Bedfordshire Council is part of the Eastern Region, for information regarding the European Elections please see the Chelmsford City Councils European Election web page.

*Notice of Election – European Election (PDF 26KB)

What are the European Elections?

The UK is divided into 12 regions, and each has a certain number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) depending on the population of that region.

Our region is the Eastern Region. It spans from St Albans to Norfolk and Southend-on-Sea to Cambridge and has seven MEPs. The region covers 47 councils in total and is spread across six counties.

This election determines who will represent the region in the European Parliament for the next five years. The European Parliament decides on policy and legislation which has a direct effect on the everyday lives of all UK citizens so it is important that all voters have a chance to have a say on who takes the decisions for them.

For further information, please visit the Electoral Commission website.

When will these Elections be held?

The European Elections will be on 22 May 2014 with the results announced the following Sunday at about 10pm.

Who are the Candidates for the European Election?

Each political party that is contesting has put forward seven candidates for election. The parties that are contesting this election are (in alphabetical order):

  • An Independence from Europe
  • British National Party
  • Christian Peoples Alliance
  • Conservative Party
  • English Democrats
  • Green Party
  • Labour Party
  • Liberal Democrats
  • NO2EU
  • UK Independence Party (UKIP)

The full list of candidates is online.

A version of proportional voting will be used for this Election to decide the allocation of the seven MEP seats for the Eastern Region.

Put simply, the more votes a party receives, the more seats it will be allocated. The system also gives individual candidates the chance of being elected if they receive a sufficiently large proportion of the votes.

For more details of the system being used, please see the Electoral Commission website (under External Links).

How do I vote in this Election?

You can vote by:

  • Postal vote
  • Proxy vote, where you nominate someone to vote on your behalf
  • In person at a polling station in the area in which you are registered

The last date to register for this election is 6 May 2014 and the deadline for postal vote applications is 7 May (ballot papers for postal votes will be sent out by 9 May at the latest). Contact your local Electoral Services office or visit your local council’s website for application forms.