The starting gun for May’s elections to North Ayrshire Council was officially sounded last Tuesday...or at least it should have been, but, at our publication deadline, visitors to the local authority’s web site would be hard-pressed to find any mention of the event.
Electoral Returning Officers across Scotland should have issued a formal declaration of the impending poll - which will take place on Thursday, May 3rd - but days later no notice of the North Ayrshire arrangements appeared to have been posted, either in local newspapers or on the Council’s own site. Both East Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council carried full details on their respective web sites and advertisements had been placed in newspapers covering their areas.
Prospective candidates should have been advised that, as of Wednesday (March 14), nomination papers were available from the Council’s Election Office at Cunninghame House in Irvine, and that papers must be returned by 4:00pm on Thursday, March 29.
Polling Places on May 3rd will be open between 7:00am and 10:00pm, and Ardrossan will have an additional one, with St Peter’s Primary School in South Isle Road being used for the first time. In addition to voters living in adjacent streets, electors living in the Chapelhill Mount area will also now cast their vote at St Peter’s Primary.
The election will be conducted using the Single Transferable Vote system of Proportional Representation, where instead of placing an ‘X’ next to one candidate, voters rank their choices in order of preference, marking ‘1’ next to their first preference, ‘2’ for second preference and so on.
Two Wards, each electing four councillors, span the Three Towns – Ardrossan & Arran and Saltcoats & Stevenston.