Local News for Thursday 4th May 2017
Polls open in Council Elections
The polls are now open in the 2017 local authority elections, with candidates waiting to see who islanders will choose to represent them for the next five years as councillors. MP Angus MacNeil and MSP Alasdair Allan are encouraging people to use their vote – whichever way their voting preference lies. Mr MacNeil said: “It is very important that people come out and vote in the council elections. I would encourage them to rank all candidates in order of preference and I would advise them to use all numbers so that their vote holds value throughout the process”. Alasdair Allan added: "The Comhairle is the biggest employer in the islands, and a huge provider of public services locally. Voting in the council election matters, and I would encourage people to turn out.” There’s been one last-minute change to the polling stations for today. As the Tolsta Community Hall is temporarily unavailable, the polling station has been changed to Tolsta Community Development Limited, which is just across the car park from the Hall. Signage is in place to direct voters. Votes will be counted from 9am tomorrow at Lewis Sports Centre, with results announced through the day on social media. Isles FM will have all available results on Behind the Headlines from 4pm tomorrow afternoon.
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Local News for Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Polls open tomorrow for Council Elections
It’s the last day of campaigning for candidates in the local council election campaign. Polls open at 7am tomorrow, with 31 councillors to be elected for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. There are nine multi-member wards in the Western Isles, in four of which four councillors will represent the residents and five wards which have three members each. The election is conducted using the Single Transferable Vote system, with voters asked to number the candidates they wish to support, using number one for their preferred candidate, two for the next and so on. There are 47 Polling Stations at which voters can vote between 7am and 10pm tomorrow - the voting card which you received by post will tell you which is your polling station. Postal votes can also be handed in at these stations if they have not been posted already. The count takes place on Friday, starting at 9am, and all available results will be announced via social media and on Isles FM’s afternoon news programme Behind the Headlines, from 4pm.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 3rd May 2017