Craigentinny/Duddingston by-election candidates announced

The candidates standing in the forthcoming Craigentinny/Duddingston Council by-election have been confirmed.

Seven candidates have been nominated to stand in the by-election, which is due to take place on 12 November.

There will be additional hygiene and distancing measures at polling places on the day to keep voters and staff safe. These include a new pencil for each voter, protective screens for polling staff, limits to the number of voters in polling places at one time and one-way systems in some venues.

The candidates standing for election are –

Elaine Ford, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Margaret Arma Graham, Scottish Labour Party
Tam Laird, Scottish Libertarian Party
Andrew McDonald, Independent
Ben Parker, Scottish Green Party
Eleanor Price, Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Ethan Young, Scottish National Party (SNP)

Returning Officer for Edinburgh Andrew Kerr said:

Now that nominations have closed residents in the Craigentinny/Duddingston ward can begin to think about who they will vote for in the upcoming by-election. However, it’s crucial that you make sure you’re registered to vote by 27 October to take part.

With less than a month to go our Elections Team are finalising plans for a safe, physically distanced by-election, with several hygiene and distancing measures to be put in place. Anyone can also register for a postal vote before 28 October if they’d prefer not to vote in person.

If you live in the Craigentinny/Duddingston ward you must register to vote by 27 October and anyone wishing to vote by post can sign up for a new postal vote up until 28 October. Residents will begin receiving poll cards from tomorrow (Tuesday, 13 October).

You can also apply for someone to vote on your behalf via proxy voting, with the deadline for new proxy vote applications on 4 November (for registered voters). After this, anyone who is unable to vote in person because of a medical emergency or who is following advice in relation to Covid-19 can apply for a proxy vote before 5pm on 12 November.

The by-election follows the resignation of Councillor Ian Campbell in February. Craigentinny/Duddingston is one of the city's larger wards, with an electorate of 24,258 and as of 9 October, 3,693 people had registered for a postal vote.

Find out more about the Craigentinny/Duddingston by-election, including all the safety measures in place, on the Council website.

Published: October 12th 2020