MAKE SURE YOU’RE REGISTERED FOR A VOTE ON ELECTION DAY

IT only comes round once every five years so make sure you don’t waste your vote to elect your local councillor.

Voting day is on Thursday, May 3 - so it’s in your hands which 24 councillors in East Dunbartonshire will be elected and given the task of making vital decisions about local services.

The council will be posted the official notice of election yesterday (Wednesday). This signals the start of the pre-election period and by the end of the month local people will know who all the candidates are.

Chief executive Gerry Cornes is the returning officer for the election and encourages everyone to vote.

He said: “If you care about local services such as education, roads, housing, social work and planning this is your opportunity to help shape the new council which will deliver them. By casting your vote on May 3 you will be playing your part in local democracy and ensuring your voice is heard.

“If you are not sure whether or not you are registered to vote then now is the time to check and sort it out, especially of you have moved house recently.”

David Thomson, assessor and electoral registration officer at Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute Valuation Joint Board, explained how easy it is to register.

He said: “There’s an online form that residents can print off. It just takes a few minutes but you need to act now, before the deadline of Wednesday, April 18. We don’t want anyone to miss their chance to have a say.”

To find out if you are registered to vote or to request a registration form, contact the Electoral Registration Officer, 235 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 4XJ on 0141 562 1200.

Further details can be found on www.dab-vjb.gov.uk. You can also check out the Electoral Commission website (www.aboutmyvote.co.uk) to learn more about how to vote.