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.