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Crucial council elections set to begin

PUBLISHED: 14:33 04 May 2011

File photo dated 06/05/10 of a voter placing a ballot paper in a ballot box at a polling station. A referendum on changing the voting system for general elections will take place on May 5 after the Government overcame stiff resistance from the House of Lords to get the legislation through Parliament.

File photo dated 06/05/10 of a voter placing a ballot paper in a ballot box at a polling station. A referendum on changing the voting system for general elections will take place on May 5 after the Government overcame stiff resistance from the House of Lords to get the legislation through Parliament.

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The polls open tomorrow in key local Council elections across the region.

Election fervour has been fuelled by high profile visits from leading politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour Leader Ed Miliband, who is expected in Gravesend for a second time later today, and other top politicians.

Both Gravesham and Dartford Council are controlled by Conservative councils while Swanley Town Council holds a Labour majority.

In Gravesham the Conservatives swept to power in 2007 after 12 years of Labour rule with a swing of seven seats to hold a majority of 26 seats to 16.

Dartford council is controlled by the Conservatives, who hold 26 seats, Labour hold 12 and the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association hold six.

Swanley Town Council is controlled by a Labour Majority and at Sevenoaks Borough Council Christchurch and Swanley Village Ward is represented by three Conservative councillors, White Oak Ward by three Labour councillors and St Mary’s Ward by a single Labour councillor following the resignation of British National Party candidate Paul Golding in February.

Resident can also vote on the National Referendum to change the electoral system from the existing First-Past-The-Post method to the Alternative Vote system

Polls open at 7am and will close at 10pm.

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