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Council elections in Scotland (2017)

On this page, you will find guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent at council elections in Scotland held on 4 May 2017.

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections. Read the Overview for candidates and agents (PDF) >

Click here for the 2017 timetable for council elections in Scotland on 4 May 2017.

The Improvement Service has created a website for prospective candidates which provides a wealth of information about the role of a councillor, including what councillors do and what’s expected of a councillor. There are also videos and short stories of councillors from across Scotland detailing why they became a councillor, the difference they make and their advice if you are thinking of standing.

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Being nominated in more than one ward
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2a: Standing as an independent candidate (PDF)

Part 2b

Standing as a party candidate

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Nomination in more than one ward
  • What happens after the close of nominations
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2b: Standing as a party candidate (PDF)

Part 3

Spending

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • How much you can spend
  • The activities covered by the rules
  • Which donations you can accept
  • How to check donations you receive
  • What information needs to be recorded and reported

Part 3: Spending (PDF)

Part 4

The campaign

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Campaigning dos and don'ts
  • Using the electoral register and absent voters' lists
  • Using schools and rooms for public meetings
  • Imprints on campaign publicity materials
  • Polling day dos and don'ts
  • Reporting allegations of electoral malpractice

Part 4: The campaign (PDF)

Part 5

Your right to attend key electoral events

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and what to expect

Part 5: Your right to attend key electoral events (PDF)

Part 6

After the declaration of results

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Making the declaration of acceptance of office
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Submitting your spending returns and declarations
  • Questioning the result through an election petition

Part 6: After the declaration of results (PDF)

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