Candidates confirmed

Candidates for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk County Constituency at next month’s General Election have been confirmed.

They are: Calum Kerr (SNP); John Lamont (Con); Kenryck Arthur Lloyd-Jones (Lab); Michael Moore (Lib Dem); Peter Neilson (UKIP); Jesse Rae (Independent) and Pauline Stewart (Scottish Green Party).

Meanwhile, Borderers are being reminded that the deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, April 20.

Tracey Logan, Returning Officer, explained: “The electoral registration system in the UK has recently changed. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration, or IER.

“Most people who are currently registered to vote will have been registered automatically.

“However, I would urge everyone who has recently received a letter from the Electoral Registration Officer to follow the instructions carefully to ensure that they can cast their vote on Thursday, May 7.”

If you have not re-registered under IER and you were a postal or proxy voter before IER was introduced in September 2014, you may need to re-register to receive this type of vote again.

You should have received a letter from the Electoral Registration Officer to make you aware of this.

Anyone who will be absent for the 2015 General Election on Thursday, May 7 should make sure they apply for a postal or proxy vote in time to make sure their vote counts.

Anyone applying for a postal vote now will not receive their papers until around May 1. If you are going to be away from home from that date you should consider appointing a proxy.

The closing date to apply to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday, April 21. The closing date to make an application for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday, April 28.

Mark Dickson, Electoral Registration Officer for the Scottish Borders, added: “It is vital that people know the deadlines for making postal and proxy vote applications as these are set in law and we cannot, under any circumstances, deal with late applications.”

Application forms for both postal and proxy votes are available from www.scotborders.gov.uk/registertovote or by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer on 01835 825100.