The Highland Council Elections

The people elected to represent you in your local council are called local councillors.  The area covered by Highland Council is divided into areas called wards.  There are 22 Wards in Highland Council and those wards are represented by around three to four local councillors (80 Councillors in total). 

Please click on the links below for detailed maps of the 22 Council Wards: -

Date of next election

The next Scottish Local Government elections will take place on 4 May 2017.

The Highland Council - Ward 12 – Caol and Mallaig By-Election

Nominations closed on Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4.00pm and an Election will now take place on Thursday, 1 May 2014 for the return of a Councillor for Ward 12 (Caol and Mallaig) of the Highland Council. 

5 candidates will contest the forthcoming by-election to elect one councillor to serve The Highland Council’s Ward 12 – Caol and Mallaig.

The Candidates are:

William Keelie MacDonald, Scottish National Party (SNP)
Liam Kevin Simmonds, UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Ben Thompson, Independent
Susan Wallace, Scottish Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
Sandy Watson

The Notice of Poll and further information on the by-election can be viewed here

Councillors in your area

Find out who your Councillors are here

Elections Results

Ward 10 - Black Isle By-Election (Thursday, 19 December 2013)

The Highland Council By-Election was held on Thursday, 20 December 2013 and Jennifer Barclay, Independent has been elected to serve as a Councillor for Ward 10. Detailed results here

Ward 4 - Landward Caithness By-Election (Thursday, 28 November 2013)

The Highland Council Election was held on Thursday, 28 November 2013 and Matthew Reiss, Independent has been elected to serve as a Councillor for Ward 4. Detailed results here

Ward 4 - Landward Caithness By-Election (Thursday, 2 May 2013)

The Highland Council Election was held on Thursday 2 May 2013 and Mrs Gillian Coghill has been elected to serve as a Councillor for Ward 4 (Landward Caithness).

There was a 28.85% turnout at the by-election, with 2462 valid votes counted. 

The Highland Council Elections - 3 May 2012

The Highland Council Election was held on Thursday 3 May 2012 and 80 councillors were elected to serve on Council's 22 multi-member wards. The turnout across Highland was 41.6%.

The detailed Reports from the electronic counting system can be found using the links below.

Preference Profile Information: The Scottish Local Government Elections (Amendment) Order Number 2 2012

The purpose of the Order is to allow political parties and candidates to determine how successful their campaigning has been in an election where STV has been used and to plan future strategy they make use of information about the patterns of preferences marked on the ballot papers by the voters.  For example, where a party nominated two candidates, say “A” and “B”, in a multi-member ward, and had run complementary campaigns “Vote A 1, B 2”, “Vote B 1, A 2” in different parts of the ward, it would want see how many voters had in fact marked their ballot papers “A1, B2” and “B1, A2”.

The Scottish Local Government Elections Amendment Order Number 2 will come into force on 7 January 2012.  This requires the publication by Returning Officers of information about the patterns of preferences marked on the ballot papers in Local Government elections.

The preferences reports for each of the 22 Highland Wards and advice on reading and interpolating the data can be found using the links below.

 

 

 

 

 

Guidance on How to Understand the Voting Information from the 2012 Council Elections (187kb pdf)