Scottish council election: Candidates in final day of campaigning
Published: 2nd May 2012 00:37:10
Candidates contesting the 1,223 council seats up for grabs in Scotland are ready to make a final push for votes.
It is the last day of campaigning ahead of the council election which, for the second time is using a single transferable vote (STV) system.
Polling stations will be open for voters between 07:00 and 22:00.
The Electoral Commission has repeated its advice that voters should number candidates in order of preference and not use a cross against one name.
The next 24 hours will be key to the parties. Persuading undecided voters - and advising supporters who live in wards where a party has put up more than one candidate on the best way to order them.
Of course, it's entirely up to voters to decide whether to follow this advice. The Electoral Commission's repeating its advice to voters to remember to number candidates in order of preference.
It's stressing people don't need to number all the candidates - they can number or many or as few as they want to.
Meanwhile the Electoral Reform Society say it's good news no council seats in Scotland are being left uncontested.
Each voter gets one vote which can be transferred from their first to second preference, and further down the list if necessary, if the first has no chance of winning.
Unlike the first-past-the-post system, candidates do not need a majority of votes to be elected, just a share or "quota".
The votes are counted in stages. First time round, only first preferences are counted and anyone who reaches the quota is elected.
All of Scotland's 32 councils will be holding elections and the Electoral Reform Society said it was good news that no council seats in Scotland were being left uncontested.
There will be no overnight counting in Scotland. Ballot boxes will be emptied on Friday at a variety of council venues and electronic counting will be used to determine the outcome.
BBC Scotland's news website will deliver all the results live in radio and online broadcasts throughout Friday.
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