Council Election 2017


Oncoming event:
Voter registration event for BME and Young People, Date: 12 April  2017, 2pm at ELREC, For more information click here  [event flyer]

Drop in Session for BME Councillor Candidates, Date: 22 March 2017, 2-4pm at ELREC  (CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE INFORMATION)

Useful information for Candidates/Agents :
Please find below the official election notices, ward boundaries and nominations papers, candidates/agents briefing packs of different local authorities across the Edinburgh and Lothians. 
Edinburgh Council (Link)
East Lothian Council (Link)
Midlothian Council (Link)
West Lothian Council (Link)

Useful Dates – Council Election 2017

  • Publication of notice of election – 13/03/2017
  • Deadline for nomination submission- 4pm 29/03/2017
  • Voter registration deadline – 17/ 04/2017
  • Polling day – 04/05/2017
  • The deadline for applying for a postal vote – 5pm 18/04/2017

Council Election Briefing Session: Wednesday 8 March 2016 in the Business Centre, City Chambers. A briefing session for potential candidates and agents.The session will focus on the nomination process, but will also cover the whole election process. To register an interest in attending the event please contact . If you are a member of BME community and need more support then please contact us. to book an appointment email: . We will host election surgeries and drop in over March April. Official timetable for the Local Authority election in Scotland (Click here)

Voter registration:
Council Elections will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017. To be eligible to vote in person at these elections, you must be registered by Monday 17 April 2017. Click here to register your votethunderclap_image_web-res

Diversity in Local Government Election 

ELREC – Diversity in Public Life project will undertake various activities ahead of oncoming scottish local authority election in May 2017. Works will be carried out across 4 local authories around Lothians.
– Awareness raising among BME Communities to get more involved in local authority election in general i.e; voter registration, hustlings and election canvass etc
– Providing advice and useful information on nomination process, one-2-one mentoring support to the prospective candidates
– Working in collaboration with public bodies, local authorities and political parties to advance participation of BME communities

Scottish Local Government Election 2017 

The next Scottish council elections will take place in 2017, on Thursday 4 May. Election will local-councillor-websitetake place around 32 local authorities in Scotland. The electoral commission has published an estimated timetable for the election. Please click here to see details. COSLA and Improvement Service has recently launched an interactive website to provide useful information for prospective councillor candidates.

Watch the video: Advice for candidates (click here), why the got involved (click here)

Diversity in Scottish Councillors

CRER has published a study report in August 2012 on Minority Ethnic representation in Scottish Local Government. It shows there are only 17 Councillors from minority ethnic community out of 1223 councillors from all over Scotland. Only 4 BME women elected out of 17. In 2012, in total 32 cadidates were stood for the election around 7 local authorities; East Lothian, Dundee, Dumfries and Galloway, Aberdeen, East Dunbertonshire, North Lanarkshire and Glasgow. In Edinburgh and East Lothian, one BME candidate contested in each  area 2012 election. At present, within the Edinburgh & Lothian only BME representation can be seen in East Lothian .

Table: BME Candidates from all over Scotland ( 2012 Council Election )
Table: Breakdown of all BME candidates by the political party (2012 Council election)
Table: Current BME Councillors in Scotland ( 2012 Council Election)
Table: Breakdown of current BME Councillors by political party

Courtesy: Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) – Minority Ethnic Representation in the 2012 Scottish Local Government Elections, August 2012

More information: 

  1. A Candidate’s Guide to Becoming a Councillor, COSLA/IS (2011) – download
  2. Survey report on Scotland’s Councillor, COSLA/IS (2013) – download
  3. Information, Motivation, Representation: Minority Ethnic Participation in the 2012 Scottish Local Government elections, CRER (2012) – download
  4. Minority Ethnic Representation in the 2012 Scottish Local Government Elections, CRER (2012) – download
  5. New website launched by Improvement Service:
  6. Racial Equality in Scottish councils: less male, less stale but still very pale – The Gurdian, 18 May 2012 (news report)