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Nominations deadline for Moray by-election

Press release   •   Aug 27, 2015 07:57 BST

Nominations for the forthcoming local government by-election in the Heldon and Laich ward of Moray Council close on Monday, August 31.

The vacancy follows the resignation last month of Councillor Eric McGillivray.

Candidates have until 4pm on Monday to lodge nomination papers with the returning officer at the council’s election office in Elgin.

The poll will take place on Thursday, October 1 with the count taking place the following day at Lossiemouth Town Hall.

Polling places will be in open from 7am to 10pm across the ward in Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Burghead, Duffus, Alves and Miltonduff.

The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, September 15 and the deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm on Wednesday, September 16. Those wishing a proxy vote have until 5pm on Wednesday, September 23.

More information about the election or becoming a candidate can be found at or by calling the elections helpline on 01343 563334.

For electoral registration inquiries, including registering to vote, applying for a postal or proxy vote or making changes to the way you cast your vote, contact the electoral registration office on 01343 541203 or visit for more information

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 92,500 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.