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 e.g. 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 Councillor for Ward 7 – Tain and Easter Ross

A Local Government By-Election was held on Thursday 28 September 2023 to fill a vacancy that has arisen in Ward 7 following the resignation of Councillor Sarah Rawlings, one of 3 Councillors representing the Tain and Easter Ross Ward.

An electronic count was held the following day on Friday 29 September 2023 and the results are now available below:


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

  • ALLISON, Gordon - Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • BARNETT, Andrew - Scottish Green Party
  • CHRISTIAN, Harry - Scottish Libertarian Party
  • MORRISON, Veronica - Scottish Conservative and Unionist
  • PERERA, Michael - Scottish Labour Party
  • ROSS, Maureen - Independent
  • STEPHEN, Charles - Scottish Liberal Democrats

Voting was by the single transferable vote and Maureen Ross has emerged as the winner at stage 6 of the count.  The turnout was 34.4% per cent, there were 2,463 valid papers and 25 rejected papers.

Detailed Results

You can watch a recording of the live broadcast below


Candidates’ election spending

The notice is published here for the return of election expenses in the Tain and Easter Ross (Ward 7) By-election.

Returns are made available to view for a period of two years from an election.  At the end of the two-year period, if the candidate or the relevant election agent requests them, they must be returned to the candidate.  Otherwise, the returns and accompanying documents may be destroyed.