Renfrewshire Council

Final preparations underway in Renfrewshire for local government election

Final preparations are underway in Renfrewshire as voters, election officials and candidates prepare for Thursday's local government election.

The results will be available during Friday May 05 when the count is carried out at The Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley.

Returning officer Sandra Black, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council, will announce the results.

A total of 132,607 people are eligible to vote.

26,338 of that electorate have applied for postal votes.

2905 sixteen and seventeen year-olds are registered to vote.

A total of 95 candidates are on the ballot in twelve multi-member wards which will elect 43 councillors - an increase of three on the current representation on Renfrewshire Council.

Voting in the council election is by the single transferable vote. Voters rank candidates in order of preference - 1 for first choice, 2 for 2nd choice etc and those voting can rank as few or as many candidates as they wish.

Returning Officer Sandra Black said: "Staff at polling stations are available to help voters if they have any questions.  Everyone involved with the election is there to assist people to exercise their democratic choice."

Election day begins at 7am when 159 polling stations open in 61 polling places.

Voting continues until 10pm.

The polling stations include schools, community centres, churches, a bowling club, a hotel, a sports pavilion, Tweedie Hall in Linwood, and Renfrew Town Hall.

385 staff will be working at polling stations as presiding officers and polling clerks.

100 staff will be working at the election count where the votes will be counted electronically.

Over 60 vans will deliver the ballot boxes to The Lagoon where the votes cast at polling stations will be counted alongside postal votes.

Follow the election count on Twitter via @RenCouncilNews and the full results will be published on

Published on 03/05/17