Surge in people registering to vote

THERE has been a surge in voting interest, with a dramatic increase in the number of people registering in the borough so their voices can be. A period of just over a month before the cut-off point - on Tuesday April 20 - for registering to vote for both the general and borough council elections, saw more than 700 registration forms handed in.

THERE has been a surge in voting interest, with a dramatic increase in the number of people registering in the borough so their voices can be.

A period of just over a month before the cut-off point - on Tuesday April 20 - for registering to vote for both the general and borough council elections, saw more than 700 registration forms handed in.

It represented nearly a seven-fold increase on the previous figure, and was described by the deputy returning officer for the council, Linda Mockford, as “unprecedented”.

She said: “I've been involved with elections in one form or another since the 1980's and I've not seen anything like this increase before. There must be a real interest as people have rushed to get them in.”

Both the general and borough council elections are on Thursday, with the general election count starting at 10.15pm and the results expected to come in at around 3.30am the following day.

The count for the borough council elections starts at 11am on Friday, with the first results expected to be announced within a few hours. Both counts are at Yarmouth Town Hall.