Local Government Elections

Local Government By-election

The Highland Council is divided into 21 Wards and elections are administered, centrally, through the Election Office.

A by-election can occur due to a vacancy, for example death or resignation of an elected representative. It can take place during any of the ordinary local government electoral cycles, and is subject to the same statutory timetable.

Election of a Councillor for Ward 7 - Tain and Easter Ross

A Local Government By-Election was held on Thursday 13 June 2024 to fill a vacancy that has arisen in Ward 7 following the death of the late Councillor Alasdair Rhind, which is a 3-member ward.

An electronic count was held the following day on Friday 14 June 2024 and the results are now available below. The Councillor was elected through the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system which allowed voters to express a preference for more than one candidate.  Please visit further information about the Single Transferable Vote system here

The Candidates for Ward 7 – Tain and Easter Ross were:

  • Gordon Allison - Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Andrew Barnett - Scottish Green Party
  • Harry Christian – Scottish Libertarian Party
  • Barbara Cohen - Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Laura Dundas – Independent
  • John Shearer – Independent
  • Eva Short - Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Voting was by the single transferable vote and Laura Dundas (Independent) has emerged as the winner at stage 7 of the count.  The turnout was 34.9%, there were 2,483 valid papers and 24 rejected papers.

Detailed Results


Watch the Count Live on our YouTube channel below 

You will be able to watch the count live from Tain Royal Academy on The Highland Council YouTube channel. Coverage starts at 9am.

Candidate Spending Returns and Declarations

Notice is hereby given below on the inspection of the returns of election spending, declarations and accompanying documents of Candidates at the By-Elections that have been held.