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Meet the candidates hoping for your vote in this month’s general election

ELECTION day next Thursday, June 8, will see electors return to the ballot boxes only two years after the previous poll.

It is factual to say that the SNP were the winners in Scotland at that time with all seats bar three being taken by the party led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Pundits and pollsters think that this time things might change, and that 14 seats may revert to either Labour or Conservative.

While many people in the Highlands and Islands may have already cast their cross in the box by postal vote there is no doubt that many people feel apathetic about getting out and voting.

Young people are the particular target of political parties to ensure they are both registered to vote and are encouraged to get out on the day to the polling stations.

At a hustings on the Isle of Mull there was some discussion about the confusion that may exist in Scotland while there are three separate voting systems in place for elections. In order not to confuse matters, this is a first past the post election for over- 18s only. Electors are asked to place one cross in one box.

At The Oban Times and Mull and Iona Community Trust debate held on Mull last week, questions were mixed. The election campaign hustings in Argyll have seen many reserved issues discussed.

High on the agenda for the public is broadband – and there were some very interesting questions about loyalty in politics. People wanted to know if the candidates’ loyalty was to his or her political party or to the voting public and constituents? Of course, the potential politicians were all keen to point out that their loyalty was to the electorate.

Two candidates – John Cormack of the Scottish Christian Party, and Ronnie Campbell, Independent – were contacted for election statements but declined to supply them.

Lewis Sturrock

Something New, Ross, Skye and Lochaber

We work a little differently here at Something New. We have an open manifesto which anyone can contribute to. The decision, I believe, lies in the hands of the people.

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