Stirling Council is urging residents to make sure they are registered to vote in time for the 5 May local government elections.
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Voters will go to the polls to have their say on who will represent them on Stirling Council, with candidates standing to represent community views and make decisions on local services.

The deadline to register is midnight on Monday 18 April and anyone living in Scotland who will be 16 or over on 5 May can take part. Residents can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.

Carol Beattie, Returning Officer for the Stirling Council constituency, said: “With only two weeks to go, time is running out to make sure you can vote in the local elections. These elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in the Stirling Council area.

“In order to vote in the elections, residents must be on the electoral register so if you’re not registered by 18 April, you won’t be able to take part.”

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said: “You can only take part in these elections if you are registered to vote, and the deadline is fast approaching. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.

“If you have recently turned 16 or moved home, it is particularly important that you make sure you are correctly registered to vote.

“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your electoral registration office by calling 01786 892289.