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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Candidates for The Highland Council By-Election Confirmed

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Following the deadline for nominations, The Highland Council can confirm the details of all the candidates that are standing in the Inverness South Ward 19 By-election.

The candidates are:

  • CHARTIER Jonathan – Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • DUNCAN Jimmy – Alba Party
  • FORBES Ryan – Scottish Conservative and Unionist
  • MACDONALD Andrew – Sovereignty
  • MCDONALD Duncan Cameron – Independent
  • SHANKS Gordon – Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • SHARMA Arun – Scottish Green Party
  • STEVENSON Ron – Scottish Labour Party

Voting will take place on Thursday 11 April 2024 with the electronic count to be held the following day in The Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness.

Ward 19 is a 4-member ward.

The successful candidate will join fellow ward members Councillors Ken Gowans (Scottish National Party), Duncan Macpherson (Highland Alliance) and Andrew Sinclair (Scottish Conservative and Unionist).

This election may be an opportunity for young people, 16 years and over, living in the Ward to participate in democracy and vote for the first time. 

Everyone, no matter their circumstances, should be able to participate in elections and cast their vote with confidence. 

We have made improvements in making the voting process more accessible and have put in place various measures including reasonable adjustments in polling places for anyone with a disability.

Anyone over 16 years old who is living in the Ward is eligible to take part in this by-election if they are registered to vote.

To register to vote visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or alternatively call the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 393783 for assistance. 

The last date to register to vote in this by-election is midnight on Monday 25 March 2024.

Voters will be able to cast their vote in person on the day by visiting their polling station or they can apply for either a postal vote or appoint a proxy which is requesting someone to vote on their behalf.

As polling day falls within the Easter school holidays, anyone who thinks they will be away and unable to vote in person can apply for a postal vote.

The latest time to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 26 March 2024 and the deadline for anyone wishing to appoint a proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 3 April 2024.

Advice on postal and proxy voting is available by contacting the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 393783 or emailing ero@highland.gov.uk

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