An order was laid in the Parliament on Monday 8 April 2019 setting the date for the European Parliamentary Election. Polling for this election will be held on Thursday 23 May 2019 with votes counted on Sunday 26 May 2019.
Arrangements for holding elections to the European Parliament are being made by Orkney Islands Council, in line with local authorities across the country. Should the United Kingdom take part, the UK will elect 73 MEPs. Scotland is one of 12 electoral regions in the UK and will elect six MEPs.
Documents available from the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page include:
Polling cards have begun arriving on doorsteps.
Electors under the age of 18 will not be eligible to vote in this election.
EU citizens living in Orkney are being contacted about additional paperwork they will need to complete if they intend to vote in the county. European Parliament Voter Registration forms allow EU citizens to vote here, rather than in their home country and are being sent out this week to over 200 EU citizens currently resident in Orkney. Completed forms should be returned by 17:00 on Tuesday May 7.
In the election, electors have one vote. Each party puts forward a list of candidates known as the regional list and electors can vote for one of these lists or for an individual candidate. The number of MEPs that are elected from each party depends on their overall share of the votes cast.
As some member countries do not hold the election until Sunday 26 May, the counting and declaration of the votes will not take place until then. The Regional Returning Officer for Scotland will announce the results for Scotland as soon as all Local Returning Officers have completed their counts and the votes have been collated.
Anyone who wishes to register to vote, vote by post, postal proxy or proxy, and has not already applied, can do so now by visiting the online service at 'Register to Vote' on the GOV.UK website or by contacting the Electoral Registration Office on 01856876222.
For any other general queries in respect of the election, please contact the Election Office on 01856886350.
The deadlines for application are as follow:
Anyone wanting to check their entry on the Register of Electors can also contact the Electoral Registration Office on the above number.
Postal voting packs will be sent out from Tuesday 7 May.
A Notice of Election was published on Monday 15 April and this is available from the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page.
Further information will follow.