Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay (Ward 6) By-election

Due to the resignation of Councillor Lesley Laird a vacancy has arisen in Ward 6 – Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay.

The by-election to fill this vacancy will take place on Thursday, 6 September 2018.

Notice of election

The Notice of election was published on Friday 20 July, 2018

By-election timetable

By-election timetable.

Standing as a councillor

The deadline to submit your nomination pack if you wished to stand as a candidate in this by-election was 4pm on Friday 3 August.

You will find the list of candidates standing under the 'Candidate information' heading below.

Who can vote in this by-election?

Anyone aged 16 or over who is registered to vote and lives in the ward. To find out if you live in this ward, click here and enter your postcode.

To vote in this by-election, you must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 21 August 2018.

How to register to vote

If you live in this ward 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 21 August 2018.

Many people think they are automatically registered because they pay council tax, but this isn’t true. Even if you think you’re already registered, but aren’t 100% sure you can double check by calling 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 22 August, 2018.

You can apply for a postal vote pack using our online form or by emailing us at or give us a call on 03451 55 55 11.

If you've applied for a postal vote before Friday 3 August you should receive your postal pack between Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 August 2018. If you haven't received your pack by Friday 17 August give us a call on 01592 583115.

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 6 September 2018.

Please note that if you have a postal vote you can’t go along to your local polling place and vote there on Thursday 6 September. However, you can hand your postal vote in to your local polling place on Thursday 6 September 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 22 August 2018.

If you’d like to apply for a new proxy vote you must do this by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 29 August 2018.

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

Candidate information

The list of candidates standing in this by-election are:

Candidate's surname Candidate's other names Party
Coleman Dave Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Collins Peter Independent
Hall Mags Scottish Green Party
Hanvey Neale Scottish National Party (SNP)
Hawthorne Callum John Scottish Liberal Democrats
Macintyre Alastair Amundsen Independent
Paul Calum Scottish Libertarian Party
Pollock Billy Scottish Labour Party

Download the Notice of Poll .

Download the Election agents.

For more information, including guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent, click here.

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)

If you're already registered you should have received your poll card (if you're voting in person on 6 September) any time after Wednesday 7 August. 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.

A List of Polling Places is available here.

The count

The count will take place in Fife House, Glenrothes on Thursday 6 September 2018 immediately following the close of poll at 10 pm. Access is restricted to election staff, candidates, their agents and the media.

Access for Media

Please note that the media accreditation form is now closed. If you have any queries about your application please contact 01592 583111.

Download the media pack here.

The results

The results for the by-election will appear here on Friday 7 September 2018.

Previous results

Click here to see previous results from Local Government Elections.


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