Nominations closed last Thursday (April 24) in relation to candidates for the European Elections, meaning final plans for the poll on Thursday, May 22 can be put in place.
For the Euro poll, Scotland is classed as
one area, electing 6 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to
represent the whole country. Currently there are 2 SNP MEPs, 2 Labour
and one each from the Tories and Liberal Democrats. However, polls show
the Lib Dems are expected to do particularly badly this time – partly
due to being seen as propping-up an unpopular Tory Government at
Westminster. The SNP are favourites to increase their number of MEPs to
To vote in the European Election, people must be included on
the Electoral Register, which is administered by the Ayrshire Valuation
Joint Board based in Ayr. The last date to register and qualify for a
vote is Tuesday, May 6. Local libraries have copies of the Electoral
Register, which members of the public can check to confirm whether or
not they are entitled to vote.
All registered voters in the Three
Towns will receive a Polling Card ahead of the election, which will
detail where they should vote and when polls will be open on May 22.
of the Election will not be announced until Monday, May 26 to coincide
with other member states of the European Union where some countries vote
on a Sunday.