Notice of Election - Wards 8 and 11 - 18th March 2021

By-election results - 18 March 2021

Ward 8 - Isle of Bute

In Ward 8 – Isle of Bute, Liz McCabe (Independent) was elected at Stage 5, by single transferrable vote. The percentage poll was 42.4%. 

Ward 11 - Helensburgh and Lomond South

In Ward 11 – Helensburgh and Lomond South, Gemma Penfold (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) was elected at Stage 1, by single transferrable vote. The percentage poll was 41.8%.

VACANCIES IN WARDS 8 AND 11 – ISLE OF BUTE AND HELENSBURGH & LOMOND SOUTH

CORONAVIRUS ACT 2020

ELECTION OF COUNCILLORS

Due to vacancies arising by the sad passing of two Councillors, by-elections are to be held to elect two councillors, one each to the Isle of Bute and the Helensburgh and Lomond South multi-member wards of Argyll and Bute Council.

The Returning Officer has determined that polling should take place on Thursday 18 March 2021

List of Election Agents

Notice of Poll and situation of polling stations

Covid-19 Safety at Polling Stations

Election expenses

The Returning Officer has made her determination in reliance on section 70 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 which allows an election to be fixed to take place on a date beyond the deadline fixed by section 37 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, and to be postponed once fixed. Before making her determination the Returning Officer consulted the Convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland, the Scottish Ministers and the Electoral Commission.

The Returning Officer has the power to substitute a fresh date or dates for polling to take place up to but not after 6 May 2021. She will keep her determination under review in light of developing and changing circumstances and will publish a further notice in the event that the polling date is to be changed.

The Notice of Election has now been published on Monday 8 February 2021. The period for nominations will run from, and include Tuesday 9 February 2021 until Monday 15 February 2021 at 4.00pm.

Voters may wish to consider applying for an absent vote which means voting by post or by proxy (someone voting for them). For a polling date of 18 March 2020, the following deadlines apply for registration and voting:-

 

  • Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Kilbrannan House, Bolgam Street, Campbeltown PA28 6HZ by 12 midnight on Tuesday 2 March 2021. Applications can be made online at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
  • New applications, amendments or cancellations of postal or proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 3 March 2021.
  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 10 March 2021.
  • Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of a medical emergency that will prevent a voter from going to the polling station or for work/service/coronavirus reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 18 March 2021.

 

For advice on postal or proxy voting, contact The Electoral Registration Office on 0800 9800470 Web: www.saa.gov.uk/dab-vjb E-Mail: ero-abc@dab-vjb.gov.uk

 

Pippa Milne Tel: 01546 605522

Returning Officer E-Mail: elections@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Kilmory Headquarters Web: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/elections

Lochgilphead PA31 8RT

 

Guidance on Becoming a Councillor

 

 Timetable for 18th March By-Election

Job

Days from Election

Date

Notice of Election: to be published by 4pm on

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-28

Thursday 28 January 2021 (earliest)

Monday 8 February 2021 (latest)

Delivery of nomination papers: between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm on any day after the date of publication of the notice of election

 

The day after publication of the Notice of Election

Latest time for lodging Nomination Papers not later than 4.00pm on

-23

Monday 15 February 2021

Latest time for lodging appointment of Election Agent not later than 4.00pm on

-23

Monday 15 February 2021

Latest time for withdrawal of Nomination Paper not later than 4.00pm on

-23

Monday 15 February 2021

Publication of Statement as to Persons Nominated/Notice of Poll and list of polling stations

-23

As soon as practicable after 5.00pm on Monday 15 February 2021

Main Issue of Poll Cards

n/s

Monday 15 February  2021

Last date for receipt of new applications for the Register

-12

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Last day for applications for a new postal vote; to change a postal vote to a proxy vote, or vice-versa, or to have a postal ballot paper sent to a different address, or to cancel a postal or proxy not later than 5.00pm on

-11

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Second Issue of Poll Cards

n/s

Monday 8 March 2021

Issue of Postal Votes

-7

Tuesday 9 March 2021

Last day for new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy): not later than 5.00pm on

-6

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Last day for the appointment of Polling and Counting Agents

-5

Thursday 11 March 2021

First day that electors can apply for replacement lost postal ballot papers

-4

Friday 12 March 2021

Last date for clerical amendments to register (supplement) 9.00pm

New emergency proxy applications – 5.00pm

0

Thursday 18 March 2021

Last day to apply for lost replacement postal ballot papers – not later than 10.00pm on (spoilt is not later than 5pm)

0

Thursday 18 March 2021

POLLING

0

THURSDAY 18 MARCH 2021

Verification and Count

 

Friday 19 March 2021

Date for delivery of return of declarations for election expenses

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Friday 23 April 2021