Local Government Elections

Local Councillors are responsible for making decisions on your behalf about local services.

Elections as prescribed by the Scottish Parliament are held to elect councillors to 32 local authorities in Scotland.  Each local government area in Scotland is divided into electoral wards and there is a separate election for each electoral ward. The number of Councillors returned in each electoral ward is either three or four.

As a result of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland Fifth Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements, the Highland Council area consists of 21 electoral wards from 4 May 2017.  Maps showing the boundaries of the electoral wards of The Highland Council can be downloaded from the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland website.

Councillors are elected through the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system which allows voters to express a preference for more than one candidate. 

Local Government Elections took place on Thursday, 4 May 2017 to elect 74 Councillors to all 21 wards in the Highland Council area. Voting took place between 7am and 10pm for all registered voters over the age of 16. Votes were counted electronically on Friday, 5 May 2017 at the Inverness Leisure Centre.

The next election is scheduled for May 2022. 

Results 2017

Previous year results