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WATCH: 'Second vote' candidates will prove decisive in the battle for second place

It's now just a week until voters head to the polls in the Scottish elections. And as well as picking a local MSP, everyone gets a second vote to choose a list candidate. The system is meant to bring an element of proportional representation to Holyrood.

The South of Scotland electoral region extends beyond Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders, covering parts of Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and East Lothian. Our political reporter Joe Pike has more:

There are a total of nine parties fielding candidates in the South of Scotland region:

WATCH: Can the Tories keep a hold of Galloway and West Dumfries?

The next in our series of constituency reports on the election race in the South of Scotland looks at Galloway and West Dumfries.

Five years ago the Conservatives' Alex Fergusson, who stepped down from Holyrood this year, narrowly held off the SNP.

It looks set to be another close contest this time round.

Our political reporter Kathryn Samson has more:

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