Nominations sought for candidates wishing to stand in the Caol and Mallaig by-election
The by-election is being held on Thursday 1 May to find a successor to Councillor Eddie Hunter (Independent) who stepped down on 27 February this year.
Nomination papers are now available from The Highland Council Service Points in Fort William and Mallaig as well as www.highland.gov.uk/yourcouncil/elections/
Polling will take place between 7 am and 10 pm on 1 May unless the election is uncontested. Anyone eligible to vote can apply for either a postal vote or to vote by proxy. The latest time to apply for a postal vote is 5.00pm on Monday 14 April. Wednesday 23 April is the deadline for anyone wishing to apply to vote by proxy. Advice on postal and proxy voting is available by contacting the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 393783.
The Returning Officer is Chief Executive of The Highland Council, Steve Barron and the count will take place on Friday 2 May in Kilmallie Free Church at 9.30am.
Caol and Mallaig is one of 22 wards within the Highland area and the electorate is 7087. Eddie Hunter was one of three Councillors representing Caol and Mallaig. The other Ward members are Councillors Bill Clark (SNP) and Allan Henderson (Independent)
The Highland Council is made up of 80 elected members. The current representation is Independent 33; SNP 21; Liberal Democrats 14; Labour 8; Independent Nationalist 1; Non-aligned 2; with 1 vacancy for the Caol and Mallaig ward.