Five candidates contest Tain and Easter Ross Ward by-election (08/06/11)

Polling takes place tomorrow (Thursday 9 June) in the Tain and Easter Ross by-election, which involves five candidates who are vying to fill one vacancy on The Highland Council. The candidates are:

  • Antony Gardner, Rosehip Cottage, Delny, Lower Tullich (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Michael Herd, 16 Knockbreck Road, Tain (Independent)
  • Derek William Louden, Abbian House, Tower Street, Tain (Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Ruairidh Mackenzie, Heathmount, Tain (Independent)
  • Fiona Robertson, Tigh-na-sonas, Newton, Tain (Independent)

The by-election is being held following the death of Councillor Alan Torrance (Scottish National Party) – one of three councillors representing Tain and Easter Ross. The other two representatives are Alasdair Rhind and Richard Durham, both Independent.

Polling will take place between 7 am and 10 pm at the following  polling stations: Duthac Centre, Tain (3 stations); Inver Village Hall; Carnegie Hall,  Portmahomack;  Hill of Fearn Village Hall;  Mercat Centre,  Munro Crescent, Milton;  Nigg Village Hall and Seaboard Memorial Hall, Balintore.

The count will take place at the Duthac Centre, Tain, on Friday 10 June.
The electorate is 6,959.

Those intending to vote are reminded that the single transferable vote system is being used.  Instead of using a cross, voters should number the candidates in the order of their choice, putting a number 1 in the box next to the name of the candidate who is their first choice, 2 in the box next to their second choice and so on.  Voters can mark as many choices as they wish.  Voters are asked to put no other mark on the ballot paper as this could result in their vote not being counted.

The current political representation of the Council is: Independent Group (24), Liberal Democrats (20), SNP (18), Labour (7), Independent Members' Group (6) Independent Alliance Group (4) and one vacancy.

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