By-election update

An update on Council by-elections in the remainder of 2021.

There continues to be a schedule of Council by-elections to be held through the coming months to fill various vacancies that have arisen on Councils across Scotland.   The current list can be downloaded from the website here, and is up to date as at 2 September 2021.  It is also given below.

It is expected that the by-election for Falkirk South (14 October)  will be the final by-election ahead of next year's local government elections (5 May 2022) - any vacancies that occur with 6 months of those elections will generally remain vacant according to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

As with the recent Scottish Parliamentary Election,  Returning Officers delivering the by-elections have continued to comply with Covid-19 control measures including enhanced ventilation, physical distancing, additional hygeine, face coverings where appropriate and extra signage. All polling places and the count venues will be safe and controlled environments with the events operated based on guidance from Public Health Scotland, the Electoral Commission and the EMB.  

If registered, voters will also have the option to vote by post uand the franchise will be the same as on 6 May.   

To register to vote you must

  • be aged 14 or over
  • have no legal incapacity to vote
  • be a citizen who has the right to remain resident in Scotland irrespective of your nationality.

 

Read about voting in the UK on GOV.UK.

Council

Ward

Scheduled date

North Lanarkshire

Fortissat

4 March 2021

North Lanarkshire

Thorniewood

4 March 2021

Scottish Borders

Leaderdale and Melrose

11 March 2021

West Lothian

Livingston South

11 March 2021

Highland

Aird & Loch Ness

11 March 2021

Argyll and Bute

Isle of Bute

18 March 2021

Argyll and Bute

Helensburgh and Lomond South

18 March 2021

Glasgow

Partick East/Kelvindale

18 March 2021

Glasgow

Baillieston

18 March 2021

Perth and Kinross

Almond and Earn

25 March 2021

Midlothian

Midlothian East

25 March 2021

Stirling

Forth and Endrick 

6 May 2021

Aberdeenshire

East Garioch

17 June 2021

North Lanarkshire

Murdostoun 

24 June 2021

West Lothian

East Livingston and East Calder

5 August 2021

North Ayrshire

Dalry and West Kilbride

12 August 2021

Highland

Inverness West

12 August 2021

Highland

Wick and East Caithness

12 August 2021

Aberdeenshire

Mid Formartine

19 August 2021

Falkirk

Falkirk South

14 October 2021

 

Published: 2nd September 2021