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Election Office

Local Government Elections - 4 May 2017

The next Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Election will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017 to elect the 31 councillors who will serve on the Council's 9 multi-member wards. There are 4 four-member and 5 three-member wards:

  • Ward 1 - Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas (4)
  • Ward 2 - Beinn Na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath (3)
  • Ward 3 - Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas Nan Loch (3)
  • Ward 4 - Sgir' Uige agus Ceann a Tuath Nan Loch (3)
  • Ward 5 - Sgire an Rubha (3)
  • Ward 6 - Steòrnabhagh a Deas (4)
  • Ward 7 - Steòrnabhagh a Tuath (4)
  • Ward 8 - Loch a Tuath (3)
  • Ward 9 - An Taobh Siar agus Nis (4)

Maps of the council multi-member wards are available from the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.  The current arrangements, including maps showing the current Polling District boundaries are available to view via the links provided below:-

If you are interested in standing for council, guidance and resources are provided on the Electoral Commission website or the Improvement Service website.

The Elected Office Fund Scotland is being administered by Inclusion Scotland and disabled people seeking election as a candidate at the Local Government Elections 2017 may apply for financial assistance.  Further information is available on the Inclusion Scotland website.

Information Meetings for Prospective Candidates

The Notice of Election will be published on Monday 13 March 2017 and the Comhairle will be hosting a number of information meetings for prospective candidates for the Local Government Election on 4 May 2017. The schedule of meetings is as follows:-

  • Thursday 2 March 2017 Castlebay School 7.30pm
  • Friday 3 March 2017 Sgoil Lionacleit, Isle of Benbecula 7.30pm
  • Monday 6 March 2017 Tarbert Community Centre 7.30pm
  • Thursday 9 March 2017 Council Chamber, Council Offices, Stornoway 7.30pm

The information meetings will include a presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Councillors together with an explanation of the wider election process and will cover topics such as the single transferable voting system, the nomination process, postal voting, polling and count arrangements.

The election will be conducted using the `Single Transferable Vote' (STV) system with voters in each ward indicate their preference of first, second, third etc. candidates. A quota and formulae system then decides who is elected, based on the preferences as indicated by the voters. Due to the complex calculations involved in the STV system used in Scottish Local Government Elections (the Weighted Inclusive Gregory system), electronic counting is required to deliver an accurate result within a satisfactory timeframe. The system offers greater transparency through better displays of information as the count progresses.

Contact Details

Election Office
Council Offices
Sandwick Road
Isle of Lewis
Tel:  01851 822613
Fax:  01851 705349