Polling stations announced for Ellon and District by-election
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Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed details of polling stations that will be used in the by-election for the vacant Ellon and District seat.
The following locations will act as polling stations:
Arnage Primary School
Auchterellon Primary School
Collieston Community Centre
Ellon Primary School
Meiklemill Primary School
Newburgh Mathers Primary School
The seat became vacant following the resignation of Richard Thomson, which followed his election as MP for the Gordon constituency last year.
Aberdeenshire Council also confirmed the candidates contesting the Ellon and District by-election are as follows-
John Bennett, Scottish Labour Party.
John Crawley, Scottish Conservative and Unionist.
Peter Kennedy. Scottish Green Party.
Trevor Mason, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Louise McAllister, Scottish National Party.
Polls will open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday, October 15.
Returning officer for Aberdeenshire Council Jim Savege said: “The Ellon and District by-election is the first occasion where our residents are casting their ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I would like to help put everyone’s mind at rest that election staff will do everything they can to make casting your vote in a polling station as safe as possible.
"We are following national guidance from the Electoral Commission and Electoral Management Board for Scotland.
“As with most things at the moment, please plan ahead, stay safe and save lives.
"If you feel more comfortable voting by post or applying for a proxy ballot, then these options are available to assist you with voting in a way that suits you during the current coronavirus pandemic. "If anyone is required to self-isolate or if a local lockdown is enforced, then you can apply for an emergency proxy ballot up to 5pm on Thursday, October 15.”
The deadline to register to vote for the by-election is Tuesday, September 29.
Anyone wishing to submit a postal vote needs to apply by 5pm on Wednesday, September 30.
Applications for a proxy vote need to be received by 5pm on Wednesday, October 7.
More information about the Ellon and District by-election is available by visiting: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/ellon-and-district-ward-by-election/