Dunfermline Central and Rosyth by-elections
Due to the resignations of Councillors Alan Craig and Samantha Steel respectively vacancies have arisen in Wards 3 (Dunfermline Central) and 5 (Rosyth).
The Returning Officer has confirmed that both by-elections will take place on Thursday 14 November 2019.
Notice of election
Click to view the notice of election
Click to view the by-election timetable
Anyone who wanted to stand as a candidate for either by-election had until 4pm on Monday 14 October to submit their nomination papers.
The candidates standing in the Dunfermline Central (ward 3) are:
|Candidate's Surname||Candidate's other names||Party|
|Boubaker-Calder||Aude||Scottish Liberal Democrats|
|Boyd||Michael John||Scottish Labour Party|
|Chamberlain||Keith||Scottish Libertarian Party|
|Dodds||Chloe||Scottish Conservative and Unionist|
|Glen||Derek||Scottish National Party (SNP)|
|McOwan||Fiona M||Scottish Green Party|
- Dunfermline Central (ward 3) - list of candidates
- Dunfermline Central (ward 3) - list of election agents
The candidates standing in the Rosyth (ward 5) are:
|Candidate's Surname||Candidate's other names||Party|
|Blair||Jill||Scottish Liberal Democrats|
|Fairgrieve||Margaret||Scottish Conservative and Unionist|
|Green-Wilson||Sharon||Scottish National Party (SNP)|
|McCutcheon||Craig||Scottish Green Party|
|Paul||Calum||Scottish Libertarian Party|
|Pollock||Billy||Scottish Labour Party|
Who can vote in this by-election?
Anyone aged 16 or over who is registered to vote and lives in the wards. To find out if you live in either of these wards, click here and enter your postcode.
To vote in these by-elections, you must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 29 October 2019.
How to register to vote
If you live in these wards, then don’t miss out – to make sure you can have your say you must be registered to vote. You can do this by registering to vote here before midnight Tuesday 29 October 2019.
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
Please note that you must be registered to vote before you can apply to vote by post. You can register to vote here.
If you’d like to vote by post or amend an existing postal vote you must do this by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 30 October 2019.
You can apply for a postal vote pack using our online form or by emailing us at Voters.Roll@fife.gov.uk or give us a call on 03451 55 55 11.
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 14 November 2019.
Please note that if you have a postal vote you can’t go along to your local polling place and vote there on Thursday 14 November. However, you can hand your postal vote in to your local polling place on Thursday 14 November between 7am and 10pm.
Voting by proxy (when someone votes on your behalf)
Please note that you must be registered to vote before you can apply for a proxy vote. You can register to vote here.
If you’d like to amend an existing proxy vote (when someone votes on your behalf), you must do this by 5.00pm on Wednesday 30 October 2019.
If you’d like to apply for a new proxy vote you must do this by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 6 November 2019.
For more information on how to vote by proxy click here.
The list of candidates standing in this by-election will appear here after the close of nominations on Monday 14 October 2019.
How to Vote
To make sure your vote is counted in this by-election you will need to vote using numbers, marking the candidates in order of choice using 1, 2, and 3 and so on. You can make as many choices as you wish and you don’t have to put a number against every candidate. As long as you put a number against at least one, your vote will be counted.
This system is called Single Transferable Vote (STV) and produces Proportional Representation (PR). This system gives voters more choice over who their elected representative will be.
This means that if your first choice candidate doesn't have enough votes to be elected they are eliminated and your vote is transferred to your second choice. If your second choice candidate doesn't have enough support, the same transfer would take place to your third choice (and so on).
If your first choice candidate has more than enough support and is elected with more votes than the agreed quota to be elected (the quota is an agreed number or share of the votes, which is determined by the size of the electorate and the number of positions to be filled), then the surplus votes are again transferred to your second choice.
Where to vote (including Polling Places)
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.
Click here for the list of polling places for Dunfermline Central (Ward 3).
Click here for the list of polling places for Rosyth (Ward 5).
The Count will take place in Fife House, Glenrothes on Thursday 14November 2019 immediately following the close of poll at 10 p.m. Access is restricted to election staff, candidates, their agents and the media.
Access for Media
Members of the media who would like to attend the count for Dunfermline Central and Rosyth by-elections must complete a media accreditation form.
Please note that the media accreditation form will go live on Tuesday 22 October and close on Thursday 7 November so please do not apply before this date as your application won’t be considered. Please note that we are unable to make any changes or take new requests after 7 November.
Please check back here on 22 October to apply for media accreditation.
The results for the by-election will appear here on Friday 15 November 2019.
Click here for previous results.
Tel: 01592 583111 Contact Election enquiries online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT