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Polling cards are being delivered to households ahead of the elections on May 7.

The cards are being sent to all registered voters and give details of the opening times and locations of polling stations.

Voters will be asked to choose who they want to represent them in parliament in the three constituencies of Wakefield; Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford; and Hemsworth.

On the same day a third of the district’s councillors are up for election and people will be asked to elect town and parish councillors in some areas.

People are being urged to check they are registered to vote ahead of the deadline to register of April 20.

Council chief executive Joanne Roney said: “Even if you think you are already registered, it’s important to double check. Many people think they are automatically registered because they pay council tax, but this isn’t true, contact the Electoral Services Office to find out.

To register log on to www.gov.uk/registertovote

Anyone who has not received a polling card by April 7, including people who have moved to a new build property, should call Electoral Services on 01924 305023.

Ms Roney is the acting returning officer in the election.

In line with election procedures, she has received a written proclamation from the Queen asking her to confirm the names of elected MPs after votes are counted on May 7 and 8.