Scots go to the polls in local elections


Scottish face a choice dominated by national issues and the cost of living crisis.

Parties north of the border have urged voters to “send a message” to governments. Westminster and Holyrood with their voices.

The cost of living crisis, triggered by soaring fuel bills, social security contributions and inflation, was high on the agenda of Scottish parties throughout the election campaign.

But it is the Prime Minister’s influence that could overshadow the Conservatives’ chances.

Boris Johnson, along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and his wife Carrie JohnsonShe was fined by police after a party in Downing Street at the height of the pandemic.

Coupled with the resignation of MP Neil community After admitting to watching porn in the House of Commons on Wednesday, the situation in Westminster has dominated much of the election campaign.

The Scottish Tories have also seen their fortunes fall in the polls in recent months, falling to third place behind Scottish Labor in polls on votes in Westminster, Holyrood and local councils.

Polling stations open at 7 a.m. on Thursdays and close at 10 p.m.

While the overnight count was the norm, in Scotland the count will take place on Friday, with final results expected in the early evening.

The Single Transferable Vote (STV) will be the voting system used during voting, where Scots will be asked to rank their preferred candidates by number, with one being the most favoured.

The census uses a formula to calculate the representatives elected for each parish in Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

Despite expectations that the count will be complete by Friday night, the councils’ overall scrutiny will not be known for some time.

The STV system rarely, if ever, offers an overall majority for any party, meaning parties will be forced to run councils as minority administrations or form formal coalitions. Scots go to the polls in local elections

Bobby Allyn

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