Local elections are set to take place on Thursday, May 5 with polling stations being open across the UK, including across East Ayrshire.

Those who vote will be choosing local representatives across the UK.

People will need to head to their local polling station before closing time if they wish to place a vote.

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When do polling stations close in East Ayrshire?

Polling stations are set to open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday.

It’s important to get to the polling station in plenty of time before it closes to make sure you are able to vote.

When will local election 2022 results be announced?

With polling stations closing at 10pm, votes are set to be counted once ballot boxes are taken from all polling stations and sent to local or regional counting centres where they’ll be opened and counted by staff.

When an area’s votes are all counted, the returning officer who is in charge will announce the results on stage.

It’s likely the first batch of results will be revealed at midnight with some locations such as Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Essex, Greater Manchester and Bolton traditionally being announced around this time.

The latest is likely to be around 5pm on Saturday from Tower Hamlets.

Cumnock Chronicle: Scotland local elections 2022: councils to watch (PA Graphics)Scotland local elections 2022: councils to watch (PA Graphics)

What seats are up for grabs?

While local elections are happening in England, not all areas have one taking place.

More than 4,000 councillors in 146 councils will be standing for election in major cities including Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and all 32 London boroughs.

South Yorkshire will also be voting for a regional mayor and 1,000 parish councils will be electing around 10,000 councillors.

All 32 councils in Scotland and all 22 in Wales will be holding elections, with residents able to vote from the age of 16.

In Northern Ireland, voters will be electing 90 members, representing 18 constituencies, to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

What are people voting for?

Here’s what people are voting for, in a nutshell:

– Every local authority in Scotland, Wales and London.
– South Yorkshire’s regional mayor and the borough councils of Barnsley and Sheffield.
– 60 district councils, 31 Metropolitan boroughs and 19 unitary authorities across the rest of England.
– County councils in North Yorkshire and Somerset.
– Local mayors in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford.
– All 90 seats in the Northern Ireland assembly.
– There is also a referendum in Bristol on whether to keep the city’s elected mayor.

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Polling results published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper suggested the Conservatives could be set for their worst performance in the local elections since the 1990s.

The survey, conducted by Electoral Calculus with Find Out Now, suggested Labour could be on course to gain more than 800 seats, while the Tories are likely to lose 548 seats on councils across the country.

Veteran elections expert Professor Sir John Curtice told the PA news agency it was hard to predict the outcome of local elections, adding the loss of 550 seats was “not unrealistic”.