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Deadlines for taking part in Highland Council Inverness West by-election drawing near

By Gregor White

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Deadlines to ensure you can vote are drawing near.
Deadlines to ensure you can vote are drawing near.

There is less than a week left for people to register to vote or apply for a postal vote for the upcoming council election.

Polling will take place on Thursday, August 12 to elect one of seven candidates standing in the Inverness West ward.

To take part eligible residents must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday (July 26).

To complete a register to vote application online visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 393 783 or email ero@highland.gov.uk to request a paper application form.

Applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Moray House, 16-18 Bank Street, Inverness, IV1 1QY by the deadline.

The latest time to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday (July 27) and the deadline for anyone wishing to apply to vote by proxy is Wednesday, August 4. Postal Packs are being delivered by Royal Mail on Wednesday, August 4.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on August 12 and the electronic counting of votes will take place the following day in Inverness.

The seven Inverness West ward candidates standing for election are:

• AITKEN, Colin - Scottish Liberal Democrats

• BANNERMAN, Max - Scottish Conservative and Unionist

• FORSYTH, Iain Cullens - Independence for Scotland Party

• LIPTROT, Calum Mark - Scottish Libertarian Party

• MACKINTOSH, Ryan – Scottish Green Party

• MACLEAN, Kate – Scottish National Party (SNP)

• MCDONALD Duncan - Independent

A by-election will also be held for the Wick and East Caithness ward on the same day.

Further details on both by-elections, including what options there are for voting and answers to frequently asked questions is available at www.highland.gov.uk/byelection

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