If you are not registered to vote you have until Tuesday 17 April.

Sunderland is going to the polls in less than six weeks' time for a City Council election.

Anyone who has not yet registered to vote for the election on Thursday 3 May should do so immediately.

There are already 207,810 people on the Sunderland Electoral Register and 86,414 people have registered for a Postal Vote.

Anyone who has not yet registered to vote has until midnight on Tuesday 17 April to register.

Irene Lucas CBE, the city's Returning Officer, said: "Voting is important and we would urge anyone not already registered for the May election to do so immediately."

Sunderland is one of more than 150 councils that are holding elections this year. The 75 Sunderland councillors have a four year term and the council holds election by 'thirds'. Therefore one seat of the three in each of the city's 25 wards is up for election.

Ms Lucas said: "The election is an important opportunity for you to have your say and make sure your voice is heard on many issues that affect life in Sunderland.

"If you have turned 18, or if you have moved home recently, it's particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered. It takes just five minutes to register and it means that you can take part in this important election."

The deadline to be included on Sunderland's register of electors is midnight on Tuesday 17 April and applications to vote by post must reach the council by 5pm on Wednesday 18 April.

Registration can be done online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or for more information call Electoral Services on 0191 520 5550 or email elections@sunderland.gov.uk