Voters urged to have their say at county council election on Thursday.

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PEOPLE in North Devon and Torridge will be going to the polls to elect their Devon County councillors on Thursday.

The election is being held to decide 62 seats across the county, 13 of which are in the North Devon and Torridge districts. See below for a full list of candidates for each district.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm and local counts will take place the following day at Langtree Village Hall and at North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple.

Polling cards have already sent out by North Devon Council and Torridge District Council to all those registered to vote. People who haven’t added their names to the electoral registers will not be able to vote.

Judith Dark, North Devon’s electoral services manager, said: “If you’re coming to vote, having your polling card handy makes it quicker for the polling station clerk to issue you with your ballot papers.

“However, if you’ve lost it, you can still vote. Just give your name and address to the clerk and they’ll locate you on the register before giving you your ballot paper.”

Paula Hunter, Torridge’s deputy returning officer, added: “A lot of planning has gone into the county council elections, from confirming the electoral register to arranging staff for polling duty at each of our polling stations.

“All that’s needed now are people to turn up and cast their vote, with stations open from 7am until 10pm on election day.”

The county council is currently run by a Conservative administration, with the Tories holding 41 seats. The Liberal Democrats have 13, Labour 6 and Independent 2

Polling cards highlight a voter’s name and address, as well as where their polling station is. Voters in North Devon can also find the location of their polling station by using a mapping tool on the council website. For more information, visit www.northdevon.gov.uk/elections.

People in the Torridge district can get more information about the elections by going to www.torridge.gov.uk/elections

The North Devon Gazette will be providing readers with up-to-date coverage of the election count on Friday. Results will be published on www.northdevongazette.co.uk as and when they are announced. You can also follow #Devonelection on Twitter.

The candidates nominated are as follows:

TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL AREA:

Bideford East: David Brenton (Labour); Gaston Dezart (UKIP); John Hextall (Green); Trevor Johns (Lib Dem); Sam Robinson (Conservative).

Bideford South & Hartland: Alison Boyle (Conservative); Anne Brenton (Labour); Colin Jones (Green); Robin Julian (UKIP); Adam Symons (Independent); Bob Wootton (Lib Dem).

Holsworthy Rural: Keith Funnell (Green); Viv Gale (Labour); Penny Mills (UKIP); Barry Parsons (Conservative); Sandra Willetts (Independent).

Northam: David Berryman (Lib Dem); James Craigie (Labour); Andrew Eastman (Conservative); Peter Hames (Green); Chris Leather (UKIP).

Torrington Rural: Andy Boyd (Conservative); James Conabere (UKIP); Adrian Freeland (Lib Dem); Cathrine Simmons (Green); Gillian Tesh (Labour).

NORTH DEVON COUNCIL AREA:

Barnstaple North: Mark Cann (Labour); Brian Greenslade (Lib Dem); Simon Harvey (Conservative); Ricky Knight (Green); Michael Pagram (UKIP); Tom Prideaux (Independent); Gerrard Sables (Communist).

Barnstaple South: Rosie Haworth-Booth (Green); Chris Haywood (Lib Dem); John Mathews (Conservative); Geoff Moody (Labour); Christopher Turner (UKIP).

Braunton Rural: Valerie Cann (Labour); Caroline Chugg (Conservative); Stephen Crowther (UKIP); Jooley Fowles-Smith (Green); Elizabeth Spear (Lib Dem).

Chulmleigh & Swimbridge: John Baglow (UKIP); Richard Edgell (Conservative); Mark Haworth-Booth (Green); Marion Mason (Labour); David Worden (Lib Dem).

Combe Martin Rural: Scott Burrows (Green); Andrea Davis (Conservative); Rodney Hawes (Lib Dem); Andy Norden (UKIP); Heathcliffe Pettifer (Labour).

Fremington Rural: Joanne Bell (no description); Frank Biederman (Independent); Rodney Cann (Independent); Caroline Crowther (UKIP); John Himan (Conservative); Danny Neary (Labour); Liz Wood (Green).

Ilfracombe: Paul Crabb (Conservative); Mike Edmunds (Independent); Marianna Holdsworth (Labour); Alan Whittle (UKIP).

South Molton Rural: Matthew Bushell (Lib Dem); Hilary Greenfield (Labour); Brian Hockin (UKIP); L’Anne Knight (Green); Jeremy Yabsley (Conservative).

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