Scilly’s Polling Stations Open But Result Expected To Be Latest In UK

polling station scillyThe polling stations are open for you to vote in the general election. And we’re likely to have to wait longer than any other voters in Britain to hear who will be our MP in the next parliament.

St Ives is predicted to be the last of the 650 seats to declare a result.

All the other Cornish constituencies are expected to announce the winners at 6.30am tomorrow. But the logistics of getting ballot boxes from the four off-island polling stations means that they won’t be taken to the count at Carn Brea in Redruth until first thing tomorrow.

After the polls close at 10pm, the boxes will go to the cells at St Mary’s police station for safe keeping.

The Council has booked three seats for the papers and a Council worker to accompany them on an early Skybus flight in the morning.

Candidates will also be hoping for a fog and wind-free Friday because bad weather could mean waiting even longer to hear whether or not they’ve been elected.

If poor conditions stop flying, the papers will be carried to Cornwall on a jet boat, although the counting for the St Ives seat will start at 10am on Friday whether or not Scilly’s ballots are there at the start.

It’s expected that we’ll know who our MP is at around 1pm on Friday – six hours after the most remote seat of Ross, Skye & Lochaber in Scotland.

Sergeant Colin Taylor says he intends visiting all five polling stations on all five islands. It’ll be the first time he’s been to all five inhabited islands in one day.



6 Responses to Scilly’s Polling Stations Open But Result Expected To Be Latest In UK

  1. Adam Morton, St.Martins May 9, 2015 at 10:10 am

    The point is that if something as important as an election count is the last in the whole of the UK, what does that say about our efficiency / transport system for everyday users? Fine if you just retired here for the lifestyle but an absolute joke when you’re trying to provide and earn a living! Just been waiting three days for an engine part to get here from Redruth! When there was a real industry here , they could get flowers to Covent Garden in less than 24 hrs.Today it would be three days! Thats not doing things as we always have done , that’s going backwards! Sadly people have voted for the man that thinks our fares are cheap and all we need is a bit wider quay at PZ! Wonder whose interests he is defending!!!

  2. A local May 9, 2015 at 7:21 am

    An outsider is someone who does not live on the islands.

  3. A local May 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Works fine as it is.

    No point in mending something that is not broken,

    Why do outsiders always want to change the way we do things?

    • me May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      What is your definition of ‘outsider’? I would just like to be clearer about what degree of xenophobe you are. I live here but was not born here. Am I an outsider, in your view? And if so, what should I do – have no opinion? Go back where I came from, perhaps?

  4. Gordon Bilsborough May 8, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I totally agree with you, Jeff. The trouble is with the legal rules which are not always in the real world.

  5. Jeff Eastick May 7, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Why on earth cannot counting be carried out locally and results emailed to st.Ives returning officer ? This would probably infringe on some legal requirement but would make far more common sense , but sadly that is a commodity in short supply these days.