Local Government by-elections

The Highland Council By-election - Election of Councillor

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. The votes casted in a by-election may be counted electronically or manually.

Ward 21 - Fort William and Ardnamurchan By Election

A Local Government by-election was held on Thursday, 2 December 2021 to fill a vacancy that has arisen in Ward 21 following the sad death of Councillor Ian Ramon, one of 4 Councillors representing the Fort William and Ardnamurchan Ward.


The candidates for Ward 21 - Fort William and Ardnamurchan were:

  • Mark DRAYTON
  • Sarah FANET - Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Roger LILEY - Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Joanne MATHESON - Independent
  • Andy MCKENNA - Independent
  • Ruraidh STEWART - Scottish Conservative and Unionist
  • Kate WILLIS - Scottish Green Party

Voting was by the single transferable vote and Sarah Fanet has emerged as the winner at stage 6 of the count.  The turnout was 25.6 per cent, there were 2,307 valid papers and 20 rejected papers.

Detailed results are published here.

The Notice of Election expenses is now available here.