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Election / Returning officer gives postal and proxy votes update

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VOTERS in Shetland have been reminded they still have time to apply for a proxy vote.

Proxy votes enable people who will be away at the time of the general election to nominate someone to vote on their behalf. The final deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.

To apply to vote by proxy, islanders should contact the Electoral Registration Office at 20 Commercial Road, Lerwick – phone 01595 745700 or send an email to

Meanwhile, voting packs for the December election have started to be delivered through local letterboxes for people who have opted to vote by post.

Returning officer for the Orkney and Shetland constituency, John Mundell, said postal vote packs contain three items; a ballot paper, a return envelope and a postal voting statement attached to a ballot paper envelope.

Voters should take time to ensure that they have completed the postal voting statement correctly, making sure that they have signed the statement and filled in the box for their date of birth.

The UK Parliamentary General Election takes place on Thursday 12 December with polling stations open between 7.00am and 10pm.

When posting their votes, people are encouraged to allow plenty of time for these to reach the council offices in Lerwick on election day.

Postal votes can also be handed into polling stations and the council offices on the day of the election up until 10pm.