The Cairngorms National Park Authority Elections
An election is being held this year to elect new members to the Cairngorms National Park Authority. One of those will represent Ward 5 within the National Park, which largely falls in the Aberdeenshire Council area. In the event of a poll being required, ballot papers will be issued by post to all eligible electors on Tuesday, 24th February, and must be returned by 4pm on Thursday, 19th March, if they are to be included in the counting of votes, which will take place in the Albert & Victoria Halls in Ballater later that day.
Anyone wishing to be a candidate at the election can obtain a nomination pack from the Election Office at Woodhill House in Aberdeen, from Ballater Library or alternatively the forms can be downloaded here or from www.highland.gov.uk . All forms must be duly completed and returned, by prior appointment, to the Depute Returning Officer at Woodhill House no later than 4pm on Wednesday, 11th February, 2015. Electronic submission of nomination papers is not permissible.
To qualify, candidates must be 21 years of age or over, but need not be resident in the Ward for which they wish to stand, nor in the Park area generally .
Troup By-Election (Ward 2)
A by-election took place on Thursday, 27 November, 2014, to fill a vacancy in the Troup ward of Aberdeenshire Council (Ward 2). After a contest involving seven candidates, Ross Cassie (SNP) was elected at the count at Macduff Town Hall on Friday, 28th November. For further by-election information, please visit the Troup By-Election website.
Scottish Independence Referendum
The Scottish Independence Referendum took place on Thursday, 18th September, 2014. Voters were asked to place a cross next to the Yes or No option on the ballot paper in response to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
In the Aberdeenshire Council area 180,045 electors cast their votes as follows: 71,337 for Yes and 108,606 for No, with 102 ballot papers rejected. The turnout was 87.2%.
Further information about this Referendum,can be found here.
European Parliament Election 2014
A European Parliament Election was held in the UK on Thursday, 22nd May, 2014. Electors were asked to cast their vote on the ballot paper for one of nine political parties who stood at the election. Votes cast within the electoral region of Scotland were aggregated from each of the 32 local authority areas and six MEPs were elected as follows: 2 from the Scottish National Party (SNP), 2 from the Labour Party, one Conservative and one from the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Further details about the European Parliament Election, including the detailed result of votes cast in the Aberdeenshire Council area, can be found here.
A Schools Election project was organised in 2014 by the Council’s Electoral Participation Group, involving Ellon Academy, Turriff Academy and Meldrum Academy.
Further details about this project can be found on the Schools Election 2014 webpages.
A previous electoral participation project took place in June 2013, primarily involving Ellon Academy. Pupils residing in the Ellon and Foveran Community Council areas voted for fellow pupils who stood for election as part of the Council’s Community Council Pilot Project. Those elected were co-opted for one year as full members of the relevant community council. Further details about this project can be found on the Schools Election 2013 webpages.
Aberdeenshire Council also ran a major schools election project in September, 2013, based on the Scottish Independence Referendum the following year. The Aberdeenshire Schools Referendum on Scottish Independence involved pupils from all 17 secondary schools in the Council area plus all 4 special schools.
Fifth Review of Local Government Electoral Arrangements
The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland commenced its Fifth Review of Electoral Arrangements in February, 2014, when it met with each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities to discuss recommendations for the number of elected members on each council. Initial proposals were thereafter published for public consultation on 29 May.
Local people and interested parties are invited to comment on the proposals for the Aberdeenshire Council area, which recommend increasing the number of councillors from the present 68 to 70. The Commission's detailed proposals can be found here.
The review will eventually result in recommendations to Scottish Ministers for the number of members on each council, together with the number and boundaries of wards for the election of those councillors.
Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places
Each council is required by law to carry out a review every fifth year to ensure that it provides facilities for voting and that polling places are accessible to all electors, including voters with a disability. For more information on the most recent review, please visit our Statutory Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places web pages. A similar review was previously undertaken in 2011, full details of which can be found here.
Voting in an election is your chance to help decide who makes decisions that affect you every day.
Under the direction of the Returning Officer, Council staff are responsible for running all elections, which include the election of councilors to Aberdeenshire Council as well as MSPs, MPs and MEPs for the area. For information on specific election topics such as previous election results, how and where to vote, and voting systems, please follow the links on the left of this page.
Who represents me?
Information on who represents you on Aberdeenshire Council, in the Scottish Parliament and Westminster, and in Europe, can be found on the following page. You can also find your local polling station by using our mapping service.