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Community councils lapse in several Ross-shire communities


By Philip Murray

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Hand putting a voting ballot in a slot of box.
Hand putting a voting ballot in a slot of box.

SEVEN Ross-shire communities are set to be without community council representation after not enough candidates stood for election.

Communities from Tain in the east to Stromeferry in the west failed to attract the minimum number of candidates ahead of the community council election deadline.

Others include Dornie, Balintore and Hilton, Muir of Ord, Nigg and Shandwick, and Resolis.

They were among 28 community councils across the Highlands which fell into abeyance after failing to attract half the maximum membership.

Elsewhere, a number of other Ross-shire communities are set to face elections after more candidates stood than there are available seats.

People in Contin, Kiltearn, and Wester Loch Ewe will be going to the polls when the elections take place in late November, unless potential candidates withdraw in the interim. People wishing to withdraw only have until noon next Tuesday (October 10) to signal their intent to do so.

Fifteen community councils across the Highlands received more nominations than available seats.

Other Ross-shire communities attracted more candidates than the minimum required but fewer than available seats, meaning they will return all applicants without the need for a vote. In all, some 113 community councils across the Highlands fell into this category.

Elections, where they held, will take place via postal ballot on Monday, November 27. Candidates standing in elections will be requested to submit a personal statement to support their candidacy, which will be published on the council's website on the day ballot papers are issued. These will be found at www.highland.gov.uk/ccelections.

Details of the nominations and the list of results for all of the community councils are available now from the same web address.


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