Polling station staff begin training for UK General Election

Training for polling station staff is now underway with less than three weeks to go until the UK General Election.

Presiding officers and assistants have begun training sessions in preparation for the election, which will take place on 7 May.

Over the next three weeks around 900 people will be instructed on how to run the city’s 145 polling places, which will be open for voting between 7am and 10pm on the day.

Trainees will complete two hour courses including demonstrations and practical exercises to ensure that they are confident to deliver a consistent and excellent service on polling day.

Members of the public are also being urged to make sure they are registered to vote ahead of the registration deadline on Monday.

People who have moved home since the last time they registered, including students, should check they are on the electoral role, since changes to the electoral registration system could mean some electors need to re-register.

Sue Bruce, Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh Council and Returning Officer for the Edinburgh constituencies, said: “As Edinburgh gets ready to play its own part in the General Election, it is essential that the city’s voters are prepared too. Make sure your registration details are up to date to avoid missing out.”

Anyone who has moved since August can update their address or other details by visiting the GOV.UK website.

You can check you are registered by phoning the Lothian Valuation Joint Board on 0131 344 2500.

Find out more about where, when and how to vote.

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