Tomorrow, Thursday 5 May, more than five million Londoners will make their way to polling stations across the capital to elect a new Mayor of London and 25 London Assembly Members.
The results of this election will determine how London will be governed from City Hall for the next four years. Counting starts at 8am on Friday 6 May with constituency declarations being made at the count centres (Olympia, Alexandra Palace, ExCel). The declaration of the Mayoral and London wide Assembly Member results will be made at City Hall.
You can monitor how the vote progress on www.londonelects.org.uk
An online tool has been launched to help Hounslow residents locate their polling stations for the elections on 5 May. To use the tool, go to the ‘Voter’ section of the www.londonelects.org.uk website, select ‘Ways of voting’ and enter your postcodes into the polling station finder search box. The polling station finder will then produce the address of your allocated polling station and show its proximity to your home on an interactive map.
You can only vote at the polling station which has been assigned to you so it’s important you know where you’re going. The location of the polling station is also available on the polling card registered voters should have received through the post. You do not need to take your polling card to vote.
The Mayor and the London Assembly are responsible for issues that affect every Londoner – from transport and policing, to housing and the environment – with a budget of some £16bn per year.
The Assembly keeps a check on the Mayor’s work and investigates issues that matter to Londoners. Videos on YouTube feature animated explanations of the work of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. View the videos here.
Who am I voting for?
These elections are for the Mayor of London, the 14 Constituency London Assembly Members, and the 11 London-wide Assembly Members. You will be given three ballot papers when you vote. For more information visit London Elect’s – how to vote page.
The candidates have been officially announced and are listed below.
Mayor of London
You can make a first and second choice from the list of candidates. Click on the names to read their mini-manifestos.
LOVE, Ankit – One Love Party
ZYLINSKI, Prince – Independent
All Londoners who are registered to vote in these elections will receive an information booklet including mini-manifestos from the Mayoral candidates, list of candidates/parties standing in the London Assembly contest, and information on how to vote. You can also read the booklet online.
Constituency Assembly Members
You can make one vote for the candidate you would like to represent you in your local area. Candidates either represent a political party or are standing as an independent. The candidates and political parties vary between each of the 14 Constituencies. You can only vote for the candidates standing in your local Constituency.
London-wide Assembly Members
You also have one vote for the political party you want to represent the whole of the London. There are 11 London-wide Assembly Member seats in total and the candidates will be elected in the order they appear on the list. For example, if the party wins two seats, the first two candidates on the list will be elected.
How to vote
Your polling station will be open from 7am until 10pm tomorrow on election day. You should have received your polling card through your door. This will include details of your named polling station.
You can also vote by post. Hounslow residents must have registered with the council as a postal voter or the first time by 5pm on 19 April 2016. Your postal ballot papers would have been sent to you about a week before Election Day. Mark your votes and return them to arrive before 10pm on 5 May 2016.
You can also vote by proxy. This is when a person you trust votes for your chosen candidates on your behalf if you are unable to make it to the polling station. Hounslow residents wanting a proxy vote, must have applied to the council by 5pm on 26 April 2016