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THREE VOTES IN SCOTTISH ELECTIONS 'WILL CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR RETURNING OFFICERS'

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Never before has election night raised the spectre of a logistical nightmare on the scale of the Scottish parliamen...
Never before has election night raised the spectre of a logistical nightmare on the scale of the Scottish parliamentary and local government elections on 6 May, reports The Herald, in an election guide supplement (p3).

The first vote for a parliament in 300 years us expected to attract 80% of those eligible to vote, an estimated 3.41 million people. But the ballot system will see more than 10 million votes cast.

Returning officers, although well used to shifting large numbers of votes for single elections, have been preparing for the task since the Scotland Bill became law last year.

Little wonder, when the vote for the parliament has been compared to the workload of two general elections, in addition to votes for the local elections.

The Herald supplement also contains articles on how the new parliament will actually work, and lists the candidates for the elections. It also has a prediction of who will fill the 129 seats after the poll.

All the candidates for the local elections are also listed, along with an article entitled 'The forgotten election' in which there are claims that the third part of the 6 May polls has been largely ignored in all the excitement about Holyrood.

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