Low turnout for council elections

LIVE: Turnout for the council election in the Borders is understood to be one of the lowest in recent memory. Ballot papers are being added up this morning and the first results are expected at around noon.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 4th May 2012, 10:41 am

Returning officer Ian Wilkie and his team printed over 90,000 ballot papers to give 89,711 voters in the Scottish Borders Council region the opportunity to cast their vote. However, because the council election is being run as a standalone contest rather than alongside general or Scottish Parliament elections, turnout is expected to be low.

In Mid Berwickshire, there was a queue of five or six voters waiting for the polling station to open in Coldstream at 7am yesterday morning, however it was slow going for the rest of the day. Reports from polling stations in East Berwickshire indicated also suggest that the turnout was very low.

There are 72 candidates chasing the 34 places on the council. A total of 346 staff are involved in the election.

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Candidates standing in the two Berwickshire wards are as follows:

East Berwickshire - Joan Campbell (Scottish National Party), Michael Cook (Independent), Jim Fullarton (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Jack Johnston (Independent), Kenryck Lloyd-Jones (Scottish Labour Party), Cat Macdonald-Home (Borders Party), Ken Webb (Scottish Liberal Democrats).

Mid Berwickshire - John Greenwell (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Trevor Jones (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Tom Miers (Borders Party), Donald Moffat (Scottish National Party), Frances Renton (Scottish Liberal Democrats).

Three councillors will be elected for each ward.

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