Elections

Scottish Parliamentary Elections

There are currently 129 elected members in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, of which 73 are constituency members and 56 are list members. Scottish Parliamentary Elections use the Additional Member System  where each voter has two votes. One of these elects a constituency MSP using the first past the post system, and the other elects regional representatives from a list of political parties and individual candidates.

Everyone in Scotland is represented by 8 MSPs:

  • One for their constituency (for example, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)
  • Seven for the larger region in which they live (for example, Highlands and Islands)

The elections take place every four years and there are currently 3 Parliamentary Constituencies in the Highland Council area. You can currently vote to return a constituency MSP for:

  • Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
  • Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
  • Inverness and Nairn constituencies
  • List MSP’s for the Highlands and Islands Region

The Highlands and Islands Region of The Scottish Parliament

The Returning Officer, Steve Barron, is the Regional Returning Officer for this region. The Region comprises:

  • Shetland
  • Orkney
  • Caithness
  • Sutherland and Ross
  • Skye and Lochaber and Badenoch
  • Inverness and Nairn
  • Moray, Argyll and Bute
  • Na h-Eileanan an Iar

The calculation of the Regional vote is undertaken at the Regional Count Centre the day following the Scottish Parliamentary Election.
Maps for these areas can be found on the Boundary Commission for Scotland website.

The next election is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 6 May 2021.

Statement of persons,  parties nominated and results 2016

Previous election results

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