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23 May the big day for wannabe councillors and MEPS

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WANNABE COUNCILLORS AND MEPs will have to battle it out against the incumbents – and each other – for the next four months and a day.

The government announced today that local and European Parliament elections will be held together on Friday, 23 May.

Polling hours will be between 7am and 10pm on that day. Citizenship is not a requirement for voting in the local elections so anybody over the age of 18 can vote in the area they normally reside.

A total of 949 members of 31 local authorities will be chosen in 137 local electoral areas.

And just 11 MEPs will be elected in the European elections.

Currently, there are 3.25 million local government and European electors on the register but a new register will be published next month.

Minister Phil Hogan urged those eligible to vote but not on the register to apply before 6 May.

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