You will be aware that following the resignation of Councillor Ian Campbell as elected member for the Craigentinny / Duddingston ward, there is now a vacancy. Under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 the returning officer is required to fill the vacancy within three months of it occurring. A by-election was planned for the 21 May 2020.
Due to the current public health advice around the control of the Coronavirus and under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, section 70, the returning officer will postpone the by-election for the vacancy. The Returning Officer’s proposal is to hold the by-election on 12 November 2020.
There will be further reviews of the situation as we approach the date to ensure that the by-election can be held while protecting the health of voters, staff, candidates and other stakeholders. A further postponement is possible, but the intention is to fill the vacancy as soon as it is practicable.
If you have any questions with respect to the postponement of the filling of the vacancy please do not hesitate to email the elections team.