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Arran goes to the polls next week to vote in the Scottish council elections.

For the first time, the island will have its own representative on North Ayrshire Council serving the needs of Arran.

A healthy six candidates are fighting for the single seat and will be elected using the Single Transferable Vote method, which has been used for all elections to local authorities in Scotland since the 2007 election.

Four of the main Scottish parties are represented, but there are also two independent candidates to give a wide voting choice.

All the candidates have been out campaigning across the island in recent weeks and you can read what each of the candidates has to say in the Banner today. Alternatively, a hustings event has been arranged for Monday night if you want to hear first hand what they have to say.

At the last election in 2017, just 379 votes separated the first preference votes for the then Ardrossan and Arran seat, so it is clear every vote will count this time round.

So a trip to the polling station next Thursday will be well worthwhile if you want to have your voice heard.