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Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliamentary Election takes place on Thursday 5 May 2016.

The election gives you the chance to have your say on the Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) you want to represent you at Holyrood.

The role of your MSP is to represent you on matters devolved to the Scottish Government. These include health, education, local government, social work, housing, planning, police and fire, criminal justice, the environment and sport and the arts.

You are represented by eight MSPs – one for your local constituency (Ayr constituency) and seven for the larger electoral region where you live (South Scotland region).

There are two Scottish Parliamentary constituencies that include South Ayrshire:

For the purposes of the Scottish Parliamentary Election on 5 May 2016, South Ayrshire Council is responsible for administering the election in the Ayr constituency only.

East Ayrshire Council is responsible for the administration of the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is responsible for the election administration of the South Scotland region.

These web pages should help you find all the information you need on registering to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary Election, standing as a candidate, voting in the election, and how the result will be announced.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you can visit the Electoral Commission website at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or call the helpline on 0800 3 280 280. Alternatively, you can call our contact centre on 0300 123 0900 or email us at customerservices@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.


To check which constituency your home falls under please check Your neighbourhood.

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