Local Government by-elections

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 caused by the death or resignation of an elected representative. It can take place during any of the standard Election cycles, and is subject to the timetable for normal elections. The votes casted in a by-election are counted manually.

Ward 11 – Caol and Mallaig By-election  Thursday 5 April 2018

Following the death of Councillor Billy MacLachlan in Ward 11 (Caol and Mallaig), a by-election was held on Thursday 5 April 2018.

Voting was by the single transferable vote and Denis Rixson - Scottish Liberal Democrats emerged as the winner at the fifth stage of the count. The turnout was 30.1% per cent, there were 2113 votes cast and 18 rejected papers.

The Candidates were:

  • Ronald Joseph Campbell - Independent
  • Alex MacInnes - Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Catherine Margaret Mackinnon - Independent
  • Denis Rixson - Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Ian Smith - Scottish Conservative and Unionist
  • Colin ‘Woody’ Wood - Independent



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