Have your say in the General Election

Voters will go to the polls on May 7th.
Voters will go to the polls on May 7th.

The UK Parliamentary Election will be held on May 7th to elect a Member of Parliament for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency.

Mr Malcolm Burr, Returning Officer, is reminding voters of some simple steps to make sure that they can have their say in the election.

To vote in the General Election you must be on the Register of Electors and be 18 or over on 7 May 2015. You must also be a British, qualifying Commonwealth citizen or Citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other EU Member State. If you are not on the Register of Electors you must apply by Monday 20 April 2015.

Voting by post is also a convenient way of voting and your Postal Vote can be sent to your home address or to any other address that you give. Applications for postal votes must be received by the Electoral Registration Office or by 5pm on Tuesday 21 April 2015. The first issue of Postal Votes will take place by the 21 April 2015 and to be included in this issue your application for a Postal Vote must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 8 April 2015. The second issue of Postal Votes will take place by 27 April 2015.

If you are unable to attend the Polling Station you can also appoint a Proxy, who is someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Anyone can be a proxy so long as that person is eligible to vote in the Election. The deadline for applying for a Proxy Vote is 5pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015. To register as an elector or apply for a Postal/Proxy vote you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01851 706262 or log on to the About My Vote website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk