Following the election yesterday and the count today at Manchester Convention Centre which concluded at 6.30pm, Muqaddasah Bano has been declared the new councillor for Whalley Range. The final tally of votes on a turnout of 34.8% is as follows:
Bano says “I am really honoured to have been chosen by the residents of Whalley Range to represent them on the Council. Of course I have much to learn as a new councillor, but I will work really hard to repay the faith you have put in me. And of course thanks also to Mary Watson, who has served as councillor here for fifteen years and is so well respected in the community. I will do my best to follow in her footsteps”.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is polling day, and polling stations are open until 10pm. In Whalley Range you can vote for two Labour candidates – Muqaddasah Bano as ward councillor and Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester.
You don’t need your polling card to vote – just go to your polling station and give them your name and address
Polls are open until 10pm
If you’ve got a postal vote but haven’t sent it back yet, you can complete the voting pack and take the sealed envelope to any polling station in the city before 10pm
There are ten days to go until the local elections on Thursday 6 May. Here in Whalley Range, the Labour candidate Muqaddasah Bano and her supporters have been busy calling on residents for the past seven weeks to talk about some of the issues and problems that people are facing locally. Here she sets out her main pledges if she is elected as Councillor for the ward. Bano says:
I promise to work with everyone in our ward to build a greener, safer and cleaner Whalley Range.
Battling the pandemic – I’ll support the work of the Council fighting Covid-19 and encouraging vaccine take-up
Healthier travel for all – I will back projects to create better cycling and walking routes and improve public transport
Tackling social problems – I’ll campaign against domestic violence and anti-social behaviour, and for age-friendly initiatives
Better, safer, cleaner roads – I want to get our roads up to scratch and tackle speeding cars and poor air quality near schools
Dealing with the rubbish – I will push to further improve recycling rates, and confront the nuisance of fly-tipping and litter
Electors in Whalley Range ward who chose to vote by post have started to receive their voting packs from this morning, although some (especially those who have registered quite recently) may not receive their pack until next week. The pack contains two ballot papers this year and you can vote for Labour candidates on both of them – Muqaddasah Bano as councillor for Whalley Range ward, and Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Bano says “You can complete and return your ballot papers straight away – you don’t have to wait for May 6th. I hope you will vote for me and Andy, but whoever you choose to support, please don’t forget to return your postal vote”.
The government has reconfirmed that the local election postponed from last year will take place on Thursday 6 May. While electors can be confident that voting on the day at polling stations will be completely safe, it may be less convenient than usual – for example, some polling stations may have to temporarily relocate (especially those normally in schools), and voters may have to queue outside at busier times.
So if you haven’t already, why not Go Postal this year? You can easily apply to vote early by post online – follow this link to find out more on the Manchester City Council and download the form. After completing and signing the form, you can submit it by email with either a scan or a clear, legible photo of the completed form attached.
Muqaddasah Bano, Labour candidate for Whalley Range, says “I usually vote at my local polling station, but this year is different – I’m going postal. It only took a couple of minutes to apply, it was quite a simple form.”
If you still have questions about applying for a postal vote, contact us.