By Teo Coroiu
May 6 represents the day of the UK local elections and involves the county council, the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, and the Borough council.
Normally, the local election takes place every year in May, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the elections have been rescheduled for this year.
Essex residents will cast their vote in two or four different elections. Also, every resident has to vote for one of the four candidates for Essex Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner.
Four candidates are standing for the position of Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner this year:
Roger Hirst- Conservative, Robin Tilbrook- English Democrats, Chris Vince- Labour, Jon Whitehouse- Liberal Democrats.
After that, most of Essex will have to choose councillors for Essex County Council, which currently is under the Conservative`s control.
The residents have to vote for the second-tier local authorities, their District or Borough Council.
Southend and Thurrock follow a one-tier system which made them an exception because these councils are unitary authorities, so they aren’t under the Essex County Council control.
The polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday, although the Borough Council sent to all residents a postal vote to use trying to avoid the growth of cases.
Due to the coronavirus safety measures, the counting of the votes will take place this year over several days across the Anglia region and the results will be published the following Monday.