Due to a vacancy arising by a resignation, a by-election is to be held to elect one councillor to the Craigentinny / Duddingston multi-member ward of the City of Edinburgh Council. The polling date previously fixed has changed. The returning officer has determined that polling should take place on Thursday 12 November 2020.
The returning officer has made his determination in reliance on section 70 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 which allows an election to be fixed to take place on a date beyond the deadline fixed by section 37 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, and to be postponed once fixed. Before making his determination, the returning officer consulted the convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland, the Scottish Ministers and the Electoral Commission.
The returning officer has the power to substitute a fresh date or dates for polling to take place up to but not after 6 May 2021. He will keep his determination under review in light of developing and changing circumstances and will publish a further notice in the event that the polling date is to be changed.
We published the formal notice of election on Thursday 24 September 2020. The period for nominations would then run from and include Friday 25 September 2020 until Monday 12 October 2020. Download the documents in the nomination pack and other information for candidates and agents below. Please take time to look through these documents and contact us if you have any questions.
Voters may wish to consider applying for an absent vote which means voting by post or by proxy (someone voting for them). For a polling date of 12 November 2020, the following deadlines apply for registration and voting include applications
- to be included on the register of voters must be made by midnight on Tuesday 27 October 2020
- for new postal votes (including postal proxy votes) must be made by 5 pm on Wednesday 28 October 2020
- for changes to existing postal or proxy votes must be made by 5 pm on Wednesday 27 October 2020
- for new proxy votes (except for emergencies) must be made by 5 pm on Wednesday 4 November 2020
Apply to the
Electoral Registration Officer
17A South Gyle Crescent
0131 344 2500