Reminder to first time voters (14/04/10)

First time voter Youth Convener Magnus Monahan (centre) is joined by other first time voters John Lewis Munro, Glenshiel and Brianella Scott from Dornoch.

First time voters from across the Highlands are being reminded that they have until next 5pm on Tuesday (20 April) to register to vote in the 2010 General Election which will take place on Thursday 6 May.

One person keen to encourage everyone who has recently turned 18 to ensure they are eligible to vote is Highland Youth Convener Magnus Monahan. He said:  “I’ve always had a keen interest in politics but this is the first time I’ve been eligible to vote so I’m really looking forward to taking part. I would encourage all young people to make sure they’re registered and to go out and use their vote on the 6th May.”

You can check that are registered as an elector by telephoning 0800 393 783.  The last date to apply for a postal vote is also Tuesday 20 April so anyone wishing to vote by post should contact telephone this number too.
The UK Parliamentary elections will see 650 MPs elected into the House of Commons, 59 of which represent Scotland.  In the Highlands there are three parliamentary constituencies, covering a total of 171,587 voters. They are:

  • Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross (47,263 voters);
  • Ross Skye and Lochaber (51,934)
  • Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey (72,390).

Full information about the election can be found here. The council has also launched an elections telephone helpline, running from 0900-1700 .  The telephone number is 0845 6035528.


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