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Take action now to ensure you have the X factor - that is the message to residents of East Dunbartonshire.

The Scottish Parliament has now been dissolved ahead of the Scottish Parliament election on May 5 this year.

Poll cards are now being issued to registered voters and time is running out for you to ensure you are eligible to cast your vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Scottish Parliament Election is April 18. You can now register online - visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote for more information.

Local residents will vote in one of two constituencies:

· Strathkelvin and Bearsden (including Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Twechar, Torrance, Milton of Campsie and Lennoxtown)

· Clydebank and Milngavie (including the local wards of Milngavie and Bearsden North).

All East Dunbartonshire residents will also vote for list MSP candidates in the West Scotland Region.

For the first time in the Scottish elections, 16 and 17 years old can vote but they must be registered. To check you are registered call 0800 980 0471 or e-mail Ero-edc@dab-vjb.gov.uk