Community Council elections are held every four or five years following Local Government elections.
The Community Councils help to administer Orkney Islands Council funds at a local level. These funds are used to support community projects, voluntary groups, tourism ventures, kirkyard maintenance and community halls.
The Orkney Community Council system has been recognised by the Scottish Government as a model of best practice in community empowerment within Scotland for the way that Community Councils are involved in decision-making and this success is due to the dedication of the individuals involved.
Any individual aged 16 and over may stand for election for the Community Council representing their home address, providing they are on the Electoral Register. The election is carried out by postal ballot with ballot papers issued Monday, 25 September 2017 and returned no later than 17:00 on Thursday, 12 October 2017.
Please note that there is an alternative election process for Eday, Flotta, North Ronaldsay and Papa Westray, which is detailed in the 'Alternative Community Council electoral voting' document available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.
The Scheme of Orkney Community Council - 2007 and the Code of Conduct for Orkney Community Councillors can be found on the following links are available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.