Don’t miss out on your chance to have your say on election day

Make sure your name's on the electoral register
Make sure your name's on the electoral register

With Britain going to the polls on May 7 to elect the next Westminster Government, residents have been warned to “make sure they’re in”.

People in the East Dunbartonshire Council area will vote in one of two constituencies depending on where they live.

The East Dunbartonshire constituency includes Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Milngavie and part of Kirkintilloch.

Meanwhile the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency includes Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Twechar and the eastern part of Kirkintilloch.

And those living in the Northern Corridor area of North Lanarkshire - including Auchinloch, Moodiesburn, Stepps, Chryston, Muirhead and Gartcosh - will vote in the Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency.

Poll cards will be issued from the start of April - giving details of where you will be able to cast your vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the General Election in May is April 20 - however, would-be voters are being urged to act now to ensure they don’t miss out.

Voters can now register online - visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote for more information.

The Electoral Registration Officer for Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute, David Thomson, said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible if they want to have a say on who represents them at Westminster.”

It is important to bear in mind that Individual Electoral Registration (IER) is now in place. Previously, one person in each household was responsible for registering everyone else who lived at that address.

Following the introduction of IER in Scotland last September, each person is now required to register to vote individually, rather than by household.You will be registered individually if you have either successfully applied to register on or after September 19, 2014, or if you have received confirmation from your ERO saying that your details have been automatically transferred to the new registers.

Council chief executive Gerry Cornes, the returning officer for East Dunbartonshire, said: “We want to make sure that no-one misses out on their right to vote. Some people think that you are automatically registered once you pay council tax, but that isn’t the case. We are encouraging anyone who is unsure whether they are registered to act now to avoid any confusion nearer the time. Please bear in mind that applications received after April 20, 2015 cannot be processed in time for the election.”

To check if you’re registered contact the Electoral Registration Officer for East Dunbartonshire on 0800 980 0471 or e-mail Ero-edc@dab-vjb.gov.uk.