Local News for Thursday 22nd March 2018
Respond quickly in Stornoway Trust vote
Residents of the Stornoway Trust area are being urged to vote as quickly as possible, when ballot packs in the forthcoming Trust election arrive today. The ballot papers are arriving by post, and are running late due to the unprecedented level of interest shown by candidates. 22 people are standing for just five available positions as trustee, with fiercely debated issues such as wind power and Sunday golf boosting the number of candidates. The most densely populated areas of Lewis are within the Stornoway Trust area, with all residents in Stornoway, Point, Broad Bay and parts of Lochs entitled to participate in the postal vote. The deadline to receive votes is on Tuesday March 27th, but with the unexpected interest in the positions, ballot papers took longer than usual to get printed. The packs arriving in the post today include all candidate statements, which the Stornoway Trust has printed and included in the envelope, although they are not legally obliged to do so. Trust factor Iain Maciver urged voters to read, vote and return the packs as soon as possible. If posted by Saturday, the votes should reach the Electoral Reform Services count centre in London in time. You can also vote in person at the Trust’s office in Perceval square between 8am and 8pm on Tuesday.