Candidates announced for local elections

NOMINATIONS have closed for the May 3 local government elections to East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC).

There are 45 candidates standing across the authority area - and Milngavie and Bearsden’s three wards - Bearsden North and South and Milngavie - will elect three each.

EDC chief executive Gerry Cornes is the Returning Officer for the election. He said: “We are just a month away from the election when the people of East Dunbartonshire will have the opportunity to have their say and help shape the new council.

“It is worth remembering that councillors will be elected using the Single Transferable Vote system which means voters are asked to rank the candidates on their ballot papers in order of preference. There’ll be more information on this on the council’s website in the coming weeks.”

To be eligible to vote you must be on the electoral register by Wednesday, April 18. To find out if you are registered to vote or to request a registration form go to the website of your local Valuation Joint Board at www.dab-vjb.gov.uk. Alternatively call them on 0141 562 1200 or write to The Electoral Registration Officer, 235 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 4XJ.

For more information, check out the Electoral Commission website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Candidates standing in Milngavie are Bill Binks (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Jim Gibbons (Scottish National Party), Eric Gotts (Scottish Liberal Democrats) and Maureen Henry (Scottish Labour Party).

Standing in Bearsden North are Duncan Cumming (Independent), Ashay Ghai (LibDem), Bob Handyside (Scottish Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship), Ian Mackay (SNP), Stewart Moohan (Lab), Neil Scott (Scottish Socialist Party), Mitch Sorbie (UK Independence Party) and Amanda Stewart (Cons).

In Bearsden South the list of candidates is Christine Cormack (Christian), Scott Ferguson (Scottish Green Party), David Mason (Cons), Vaughan Moody (LibDem), Manjinder Shergill (Lab) and Keith Small (SNP).

A list of all the candidates can be found on the council’s website.