Scottish Local Government Elections - 4 May 2017

Election of Councillors

Voters will go to the polls on 4 May to select Orkney's next 21 Councillors, with voting taking place between 07:00 and 22:00. Voting will be done through the Single Transferable Vote system, where voters rank the candidates in order of preference.

The count takes place on the morning of Friday 5 May in the Kirkwall Town Hall and Community Centre with an announcement expected before lunchtime.

For the first time 16 and 17 year olds will be eligible to vote in the local council election.

Polling cards should arrive through letterboxes on 14/15 March. Your polling card will detail the location of your polling station. You don't need your polling card to vote, but it does speed up the process on the day.

If you don't receive your polling card you should contact the Election Office on 01856886350.

If you think you might not be registered to vote or have changed address recently, please contact the local electoral registration office on 01856876222 or email The deadline date for registering to vote is Monday 17 April - however this is a public holiday, so it would be best to do this by Friday 14 April.

Your polling card details deadline dates for registering for a postal vote (17:00 on Tuesday 18 April) or a proxy vote - to allow someone voting on your behalf - (17:00 on 25 April).

Postal vote packs will be sent out on 13/14 April, with a further dispatch done on 25 April for any postal vote applications received after 29 March.

List of Deadlines

Close of Nominations.

Wednesday 29 March (16:00).

Deadline for registration.

Monday 17 April.

Deadline for postal vote/postal proxy applications.

Tuesday 18 April (17:00).

Deadline for proxy vote applications.

Tuesday 25 April (17:00).


Orkney Ward Maps

Maps of the electoral wards for Orkney can be viewed on the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland website available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Related Links

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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