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Scottish council elections

On this page you can find out about the Scottish council elections taking place on Thursday 4 May 2017.

Here you can find information for:


The deadline to register to vote at council elections in Scotland on Thursday 4 May has now passed.

Find out more about voting at these elections on our Your Vote Matters website.

Our voter information guide

Our voter information guide tells voters in Scotland what they need to know about the elections on 4 May. It is being delivered to every household in Scotland.

Read our Scottish council elections information guide (PDF)

Find out what alternative formats and languages are available

Candidates and agents

We issue full guidance to individuals planning to stand at local government elections and their election agents. This guidance covers:

  • the qualifications and disqualifications for standing for election
  • how to stand for election
  • how much you can spend
  • the rules on candidate spending
  • the rules on donations
  • campaigning dos and don'ts
  • what you can expect to see at a number of electoral proceedings
  • what happens after the elections

View our guidance for candidates and agents at Scottish council elections

If you have any questions about the non-financial aspects of our guidance, please contact your local Commission office.

If your question is about spending or donations, please contact us on 0333 103 1928 or at pef@electoralcommission.org.uk.

Electoral administrators

Our guidance for those running Scottish council elections covers:

  • the role and responsibilities of the Returning Officer
  • planning and organisation
  • administering the poll
  • administering absent voting
  • verifying and counting the votes
  • what happens after the election

View our guidance for electoral administrators running Scottish council elections

If you have any questions about the guidance, contact your local Commission office.

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