Voters gear up for Thursday's election 

30/06/09

The total electorate for the European Parliamentary Elections in Bolton has been confirmed as more than two hundred thousand.

Some 201,448 registered voters will have the opportunity to cast votes to select the North West region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm across the borough on Thursday 4 June. Meanwhile anyone who has registered for a postal vote must ensure that it reaches the returning officer by Thursday 4 June. Counting will take place on Sunday 7 June and results will be announced on the evening of that day or the early hours of Monday 8 June depending on how long the process takes.

Voting takes place using a proportional representation system which allocates seats in the European Parliament to parties and independents in approximate proportion to the number of votes cast.

Unlike in Local or General Elections, electors are casting their vote for a party rather than an individual candidate (except in the case of independents). Each party puts forward a list of up to eight prospective MEPs in the order it wants them to be elected. So, for instance, if a party wins one seat the first person on its list will be elected; if it wins two seats the first two candidates on its list will be elected and so on.

For more information about the European Parliamentary Elections including a list of candidates and details of how the voting system works click on the link above. 

 

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