Get ready to make your mark in East Dunbartonshire

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THE people of East Dunbartonshire will be asked to cast their votes and elect a new council tomorrow (Thursday).

May 3 is d-day for candidates standing for election and local voters – and help is at hand if you need it.

Councillors will be elected using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system. A member of staff will be on hand at your polling place to explain the system and a step-by-step guide on how to cast your votes will be displayed.

Your ballot paper will list the name of each candidate along with their party name, party logo and their address.

You will be asked to rank the candidates in order of preference, with 1 being your first choice, 2 being second, 3 being third and so on.

You can choose to vote for only one candidate or rank as few or as many as you like.

If you don’t fill your ballot paper out properly your vote may not count so you are urged to read the step-by-step guide and ask for advice at your polling station.

Don’t worry if you make a mistake, you can ask staff to give you another ballot paper.

If you are a disabled voter there is access to all polling places and additional assistance available inside.

Visually-impaired voters can use a tactile voting device which will enable them to cast their vote independently.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s chief executive Gerry Cornes is the returning officer for the election.

He said: “Voters should be assured that polling places will be accessible for all and that we are doing everything we can to make the voting process as straightforward as possible.

“Our employees have been trained to offer help and assistance where required and will be able to clarify any questions you may have on the STV voting system.

“Voters in Bishopbriggs and Lenzie are reminded there has been a change in polling places for those who previously voted at Auchinairn Primary and Woodhill Primary schools in Bishopbriggs and Campsie View School in Lenzie. Please check your polling card to find out the location of your polling place.

“Local elections are an opportunity for people in East Dunbartonshire to have their voice heard and help shape local services. If you are eligible to vote and want to play your part in local democracy I would encourage you to cast your vote on Thursday, May 3.”

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