Make your vote count at today’s Wakefield Council elections

Wakefield Council local elections take place today.
Wakefield Council local elections take place today.

People are being reminded to cast their vote for the 2016 Wakefield Council election.

Polling stations across the district will be open until 10pm today.

Those who want to cast their vote should attend the station listed on their polling card.

Eighty candidates will contest 21 seats in the council elections, one in each of the district’s wards.

The seats include that of current council leader Peter Box, which will be contested in the Altofts and Whitwood ward.

Voters will also elect a West Yorkshire PCC during this round of elections.

A list of candidates who are standing in the and council elections can be found on the Wakefield Council website, along with more details on how to vote.

To find out more, visit

Votes will be counted at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium and the result is expected to be revealed on Friday.

The count is not open to the public and the stadium is now closed until 8.30am on Saturday May 7.

Aspire Fitness Scheme members can use Sun Lane Leisure Centre or any other council run leisure facilities.

The stadium car park will also be closed during the above hours.

The parties of which candidates are standing are different in each ward, but include: Labour Party, The Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats, UK Independence Party (UKIP), Green Party, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and Yorkshire First, as well as Independent candidates.

The results are expected to be announced during early hours of Friday. To see all the results from the election count log onto