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Elections

UK Parliamentary General Election

A UK Parliamentary General Election will be held on Thursday, 7th May, 2015. Aberdeenshire Council will administer the elections in the Banff & Buchan, Gordon and West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine constituencies. Candidates or their election agents can request a nominations pack and will be required to return their forms by 4pm on Friday, 9th April.

Further information about the UK General Election can be found here.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority Elections

An election has just been held to return new members to the Cairngorms National Park Authority. Ward 5 within the National Park falls primarily in the Aberdeenshire Council area and the successful candidate after the count on Thursday, 19th March, in the Albert Hall, Ballater, was the returning member, Katrina Farquhar. The other election candidates were Simon Blackett, David Geddes and Jos Milner.

The formal declaration of the result can be found here (pdf 18kb)

Ballot papers were issued by post to all eligible electors on Monday, 23rd February and had to be returned by 4pm on Thursday, 19th March.

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.

Electoral Participation

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.

Details of the highly successful Schools Elections 2010 and 2011 can be found here and on the HMIE website (25.9MB).

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 published for public consultation on 29 May last year.

The proposals for the Aberdeenshire Council area recommend increasing the number of councillors from the present 68 to 70. The Commission's detailed proposals can be found here.

The Commission has now begun its consultation on proposals for the number and boundaries of wards within the Aberdeenshire Council area. Further details can be found on their website at

www.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/reviews/5th_electoral/aberdeenshire

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.