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ELECTIONS 2004: 'TURNOUT CONTINUES TO CLIMB ... AND STILL THREE DAYS TO GO'

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Thousands more voters have participated in this year's combined elections ...
Thousands more voters have participated in this year's combined elections

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

polls, which close at 10pm on 10 June.

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

the region.

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

of identity.'

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;

Wythenshawe Forum.

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.

Notes

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.

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