Older People’s Council elections to be held in Brighton and Hove

Posted On 21 May 2015 at 11:28 am

People aged 60 or over in Brighton and Hove are being invited to get involved in the Older People’s Council elections.

A postal ballot will be held in June and early July.

The OPC is non-party political so parties are not allowed to promote candidates or campaign for them.

OPC elections are held every four years and anyone voting for the first time should register with the council by 5pm on Wednesday 17 June. For more information and to register, click here.

More than 24,000 people are eligible to stand and vote. Nominations close at 4pm on Friday 5 June.

The Brighton and Hove City Council Electoral Services Team will oversee the elections.

The council said: “People wishing to stand as a candidate should contact the electoral services team as soon as possible at electors@brighton-hove.gov.uk or by phoning 01273 291999.

“Ballot papers will be sent out on and around Thursday 18 June. The election closes on Thursday 2 July at 5pm and the count is on Friday 3 July starting at 10am in Brighton Town Hall.

“There are seats up for grabs in each of the nine OPC electoral zones, which are based on groupings of two or more council wards.”

The current chair of the OPC, Mike Bojczuk, said: “We work hard to ensure that all older people in the city are treated with respect and have access to services and support to lead fulfilling lives.

“We lobby the council, the local NHS, other agencies, local MPs and the government.

“Among our successes have been the Age Friendly City initiative and the return of Older People’s Day.

“We have also been lobbying for better toilet facilities, more public seating in the city and against cuts to health, housing and transport services for older people.”

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