People across Sheffield are being reminded that Thursday (5 May) is the day to have their say and vote in the local Council elections and the election for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

In addition, people in the Brightside and Hillsborough Parliamentary Constituency will be voting in the by-election for their new Member of Parliament on Thursday.

Results of the by-election are expected in the early hours of Friday morning while the full results for the local elections are likely at 5pm on the same day.

In the last two weeks before registration closed for the May elections, nearly 11,000 people successfully applied to be registered.

They will join around 378,000 others to have the opportunity to influence how the city will be run by voting on 5 May.

John Mothersole, returning officer for the local elections in Sheffield, said:  “All polling stations are open from 7am in the morning until 10pm, so you have all day to go and vote.

“If you have a postal vote and you haven’t already posted it, you can hand it in to any polling station up to 10pm on Thursday.  If you do have a postal vote, then please take responsibility for it.  You need to complete it personally and follow all the instructions.”

Although the deadline to register for the May elections has now passed there is still time to register in time for the European Union Referendum in June. You can register on line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before the 7 June deadline.

If you have any queries about voting call Sheffield City Council’s elections helpline on 0114 273 4093 or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/elections

All the results from the elections will be tweeted as they are announced at #sheffieldvotes and #LE2016  and shown on the Council’s Sheffield Newsroom site on Friday – at www.sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk