than in previous local and European elections, new figures from Manchester City Council reveal today.
Turnout is expected to rise even higher in the final three days of the
A total of 72,940 electors (23%) have already returned votes in
Manchester, an increase in turn-out on the city council elections in 2003
when 22% of electors participated.
And in the North West Euro-constituency, turnout is currently standing at
25%, an improvement on the 19.5% that voted in 1999.
There are still three more days for electors to return their ballot packs,
either by post or in person at Assistance and Delivery points set up across
Regional returning officer Howard Bernstein, said: 'We urge electors to
have their say in the way their local council and the region is governed.
We want as many people as possible to participate in the democratic
process and there is still plenty time to get back your ballot packs.
'It is evident that the postal pilot has increased turnout for both the
European and local elections which is good news. The postal pilot has
clearly had an impact as in Manchester we had seen a gradual decline in
turnout over recent years.'
Sir Howard continued: 'I would urge voters to spend a little time reading
the instructions on their ballot packs and contact their own local authority
if they have any difficulties with completing the ballots or the declaration
In Manchester, anyone requiring help can either call 0161 234 1212 or
pop into their local Assistance and Delivery Centre. These are at:
Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square; Belle Vue Leisure Centre, Pink
Bank Lane; Abraham Moss Centre, Crescent Road; Moston Lane
Library, Moston Lane; Withington Library, Wilmslow Road;
Ballot papers must be returned by 10.00pm on 10 June.
Results for the city council elections will be declared as soon as posible
after polls close at 10pm on 10 June , and results for the European
elections will be declared after 9pm on the evening of Sunday 13 June.
A dedicated website is now in operation www.northwestvotes.gov.uk
1. The North West Euro-constituency covers the geographical area of
Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire and
comprises 43 local authorities.
2. The Regional Returning Officer for the North West Euro constituency
is the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein.
3. Police action across the constituency is being coordinated and
led by Greater Manchester Police, working with the police forces of
Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire.