It may not have the drama of last year’s General Election but Kirklees’ 303,747 registered voters are still being urged to get to the polls tomorrow

Voters in the borough are set to decide who runs the council for another year and they will also be asked who should have the position of West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for another four years.

Labour needs to gain just one seat to have majority control in Kirklees.

The PCC elections are only the second time the electorate will have their say on the controversial new roles, created in 2012 to oversee police forces.

In West Yorkshire, the position has been held for the past four years by Labour’s Mark Burns-Williamson, a former chairman of the Association of Police Authorities.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson with Sgt. Neil Willan in New Street, Huddersfield.

He is standing for re-election on his record of opposing huge government cuts to the force’s manpower.

Conservative candidate, Allan Doherty from Outlane, is a former police officer who served in the West Yorkshire force.

Candidates are also being fielded by the Lib Dems, UKIP and the English Democrats.

Further afield the results in a host of elections are set to have nationwide impact that will have ramifications beyond just the make-up of town halls.

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Thursday will see 124 councils shaken up, the bitter London Mayor election settled and a host of PCCs chosen.

The verdict of the electorate will be used as a barometer to measure the likely storms ahead for parties and leaderships - most significant the first national test for new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Experts are forecasting huge losses for the party but Labour’s former shadow cabinet minister Michael Dugher has said an extra 400 council seats need to won.

Mr Corbyn has said he is “placing no arbitrary figures” on what would constitute success.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Meanwhile, almost 29,000 people will not be eligible to vote in Kirklees on Thursday.

The latest population data shows that 332,672 people aged 18 or over lived in the borough in 2014.

This leaves an estimated 28,925 people who are unregistered to vote and therefore won’t have their voices heard.

The drop in registered voters comes after the last coalition government changed the registration rules in 2014.

The then government scrapped the system that allowed the ‘head of the household’ to register all adults to vote.

Now everyone has to do this individually.

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It was a controversial decision at the time because it was thought that younger people - who lean towards Labour - would be more likely not to register.

The Electoral Commission found that areas with high numbers of students and young people tended to have more people go missing as authorities switched from one system to the other - leading to concerns these people were falling off the register.

The polling stations across Kirklees are open between 7am and 10pm.

The results of the local elections will be announced on the Examiner website and social media on Friday at about lunchtime.