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Community Council nomination deadline (03/10/11)
4 pm on Tuesday (4 October) is the deadline for candidates to return their election nomination forms for the forthcoming Community Council elections.
Nominations forms are available from the home page of The Highland Council’s web site: www.highland.gov.uk. They can also be obtained from any Council Service Point, or by contacting the Council Service Centre on 01349 886606.
For the first time, the elections for all 153 Highland Community Councils are being held at the same time. An election will be held in instances where the number of nominations exceeds the maximum membership, which varies from 7-13 members depending on population. Elections will be held on Wednesday 16 November. Counting will take place locally from Thursday 17 November.
Where the number of nominations is equal to or more than half the maximum membership, these candidates will be automatically elected to the Community Council, with effect from 16 November and no ballot will be required. Where the number of candidates is less than half the maximum membership, no Community Council will be formed. It shall be at the discretion of The Highland Council to issue a further call(s) for nominations when it is deemed appropriate.
The decision to hold elections across the Highlands at the same time was a key feature of a new scheme for the establishment of Community Councils agreed by The Highland Council earlier this year.
The new scheme also allows people aged 16 to seek election and also to vote in the election.