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North Isles by-election – October 2020

A by-election was held on Thursday October 1 to to elect a Councillor to serve the North Isles ward on Orkney Islands Council.

The result was announced the following day at the conclusion of the Count, which took place at Kirkwall Town Hall.

Local government elections in Scotland use the Single Transferrable Vote system. Voters mark their ballot paper by numbering the candidates in the order of their choice.

After the votes were counted electronically, Returning Officer for Orkney John Mundell made the declaration that Heather Woodbridge had been elected as a Councillor for the North Isles.

The results in full giving the number of first preference votes for each candidate are:

Daniel James Adams – 42.

Coilla Anne Drake (Scottish Labour Party) – 158.

Claire Stevens (Independent) – 75.

Heather Woodbridge (Independent) – 638.

The vast majority of constituents opted to vote by post and there was a turnout of 50.7%.


Ecount Reports – North Isles Ward

Latest news:

North Isles by-election – advice for voters

North Isles residents are encouraged to return postal votes as soon as possible to ensure they arrive in time for the by-election on Thursday October 1.

25 September 2020.

Postal voting update

North Isles residents are encouraged to look out for their postal votes next week.

18 September 2020.

Key deadlines for by-election

Voters in the North Isles are reminded that there are two key deadlines this week ahead of the upcoming by-election.

15 September 2020.

North Isles by-election update

Voters are being encouraged to cast their vote by post in the North Isles by-election.

7 September 2020

Candidates announced for North Isles by-election

Four candidates have put their names forward to stand in the North Isles by-election.

31 August 2020

Notice of Election - North Isles by-election

The Notice of Election for the North Isles by-election was published today (Thursday 13 August).

13 August 2020

Your vote counts – don’t lose it

People in Orkney are being encouraged to check their voter registration details are up to date.

Residents are asked to complete and return an annual form sent by the local Electoral Registration Office – to ensure they retain the right to vote in future elections.

10 August 2020

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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