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Moray Council elections timetable

Press release   •   Dec 07, 2016 14:44 GMT

The final meeting of the current Moray Council will be held on Wednesday, March 29, it was agreed today.

The date coincides with the final deadline for candidate nominations for the council elections in May.

A timetable for the elections – which will use the single transferable vote system of polling - was agreed at a meeting of the full council today.

A pre-nomination information session for potential candidates interested in putting themselves forward will take place on Saturday, March 4, with the formal notice of election being published on Monday, March 13.

Elections for the new council will be held on Thursday, May 4, with the electronic count taking place at Elgin Town Hall the following day.

It will be the first time that 16 and 17-year-olds are eligible to vote in local government elections in Scotland.

Today’s meeting was told that the budget for staging the Moray Council elections was £273,000, of which £101,000 would be reimbursed by the Scottish Government for the costs associated with the electronic counting of votes.

Further information about any aspect of the elections is available from the council’s elections office on 01343 563334 or by e-mailing

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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