Scottish Parliamentary Election - May 2016

The Scottish Parliamentary Election will take place on Thursday, 5th May, 2016. 

Each elector has two votes – one for an individual candidate standing in their constituency and one for the regional list

There are 5 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies within Fife:

  • Cowdenbeath
  • Dunfermline
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Mid Fife & Glenrothes
  • North East Fife

Electors also get a vote for a party or an individual candidate for the Mid Scotland and Fife Region.

The Notice of Election was published on Monday 14th March, 2016.

Who can vote in the Scottish Parliament Election?

Anyone aged 16 or over who is registered to vote and lives one of the five Fife constituencies. To find out which you live in, click here and enter your postcode.

To vote in the Scottish Parliament Election, you must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 18 April 2016.

How to register to vote

To make sure you can have your say you must be registered to vote. You can do this by registering to vote here by midnight on Monday 18 April.

Even if you think you’re already registered, it’s important to double check. Many people think they are automatically registered because they pay council tax, but this isn’t true. To make sure you’re registered call the electoral registration team on 03451 55 55 11.

Voting by post

If you’d like to vote by post, or amend an existing postal vote you must do this by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

Please note that you must be registered to vote before you can apply to vote by post.

If you've applied for a postal vote you should receive your pack week beginning 18 April. If you haven't received your pack by Tuesday 19 April give us a call on 03451 55 55 22.

You should complete and return your postal vote as soon as you can. Your postal vote must be received by the Returning Officer by 10pm on 5 May, 2016.

Please note that if you have a postal vote you can’t go along to your local polling place and vote there on 5 May. However, you can hand your postal vote in to your local polling place on 5 May between 7am and 10pm.

Voting by proxy

If you’d like to amend an existing proxy vote you must do this by 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

If you’d like to apply for a new proxy vote (when someone votes on your behalf), you must do this by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

For more information on how to vote by post or proxy click here.

Please note that you must be registered to vote before you can apply to vote by post or proxy.

Candidate information

The list of candidates standing can be found at the bottom of this page within the Publications section.

Information on the election for candidates and agents

How to Vote

To make sure your vote is counted in this election you vote using one cross (X) for:

  • one candidate on the constituency (lilac) ballot paper, and

  • one party or one individual candidate on the Regional List (peach) ballot paper.

Where to vote (including Polling Places publications)

If you're already registered you can expect your poll card (if you're voting in person on 5 May) to be dropping through your letterbox any time after Wednesday 16 March. This will tell you where you should go to vote. Your poll card is just for information, you do not need it to vote but it is helpful if you take it with you when you go to vote.

Here is a List of Polling Places.

Other information on polling places:

  • Notice of Review of Polling Places

  • Polling Schedule

The count

The Counts for the Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife & Glenrothes, and North East Fifeconstituencies will take place in the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre, Glenrothes at 10.00 p.m. on Thursday 5 May, 2016. 

The Counts for the Cowdenbeathand Dunfermline constituencies will take place in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes at 10.00 p.m. on Thursday 5 May, 2016. 

Access to the counts is restricted to election staff, candidates, their agents and the media.

Access for Media

The media accreditation form is now closed. We are unable to accept new requests or make any changes if you have already applied.

If you have any questions please call 01592 583312. 


The Results

The results for the constituencies and the Regional List appear in the list of publications below

Scottish Parliamentary Results 2016

Please click on the down arrows to reveal more information on each election.

Previous results

You can view the results from the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary Election and the by-elections held in the Dunfermline (October 2013) and Cowdenbeath (January 2014) constituencies within our previous results section.




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