Voters Go To The Polls To Elect Councillors Across Scotland
4 May 2017, 05:34 | Updated: 4 May 2017, 08:11
Voters will go to the polls on Thursday to elect 1,227 councillors across Scotland's 32 local authorities.
The ballot will determine which political parties can form council administrations either by securing majority or minority control, or by agreeing coalition deals.
The local government vote takes place just five weeks before the General Election, and follows campaigning across the country by political leaders.
While the election will provide an indication of support ahead of the Westminster poll, politicians from all parties stressed the important role councils play in areas such as education and social care, and have urged Scots to use their vote.
Under the single transferable voting system (STV), voters are asked to rank the candidates in order of preference, with three or four councillors being elected to serve any one ward.
Votes will be tallied at count centres across Scotland on Friday, with results expected from around lunchtime.