European Elections 2019

European Elections 2019
15 April 2019

Arrangements for holding elections to the European Parliament are being put in place by Orkney Islands Council’s elections team, in line with local authorities across the country.

At this point in time, the UK will be holding elections to the European Parliament on Thursday May 23.

A Notice of Election was published today (Monday 15 April) on the Council website.

Polling cards will begin arriving on doorsteps from Thursday 25 April.

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.

Between 23 May and 26 May 2019, European citizens in 28 member countries will vote in this year's European Parliamentary Election to elect 751 members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Should the UK take part, the United Kingdom will have 73 MEPs. Scotland is one of 12 electoral regions in the UK and will have 6 MEPs.

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:

  • Deadline for receiving applications for registration to vote - midnight on 7 May 2019.
  • Deadline for receiving applications for postal votes - 17:00 on 8 May 2019.
  • Deadline for receiving applications for postal proxy votes - 17:00 on 8 May 2019.
  • Deadline for receiving applications for proxy votes - 17:00 on 15 May 2019.

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.

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

Email: customerservice@orkney.gov.uk

Orkney Islands Council: BOREAS DOMUS MARE AMICUS