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Single Transferable Vote to be used in by-election to fill city council vacancy

11/05/11

The by-election to fill the Aberdeen City Council vacancy in the Dyce, Bucksburn and Danestone ward will be held next Thursday, 19 May.

Polling will take place between 7am and 10pm. Polling places will be Dyce Church Hall, Dyce Church Hall (Dr Cox Room), Beacon Community Centre, Newhills Primary, Bucksburn Primary, Stoneywood Primary and Danestone Primary.

Returning Officer Valerie Watts said: "I would urge everyone eligible to vote to exercise their democratic right at the polling stations next Thursday. The by-election gives voters the opportunity to help select a councillor to represent their area in the Town House and to speak up on their behalf on local issues."

The by-election is being held using the Single Transferable Vote proportional representation system, in which electors are asked to mark candidates by preference. Voters can vote for as many or as few candidates as they wish. Electors should mark their first-choice candidate on the ballot paper with the figure '1', their second choice by '2', etc.

Once the total number of valid ballot papers has been counted, the minimum number of votes a candidate needs to be elected, known as the 'quota', is calculated.

Papers are then sorted by first-preference vote. If no candidate reaches or exceeds the quota at this stage, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated and their votes are transferred to the remaining candidates in accordance with the second and later preference votes recorded on their papers.

This continues until one candidate meets the quota and is duly elected, or until only one candidate remains, irrespective of whether he or she has reached the quota.

The nominated candidates are:

  • Kristian Chapman, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Angela Joss, Independent
  • Graeme Lawrence, Scottish Labour Party
  • Neil MacGregor, Scottish National Party
  • Rhonda Reekie, Scottish Green Party
  • Ross Thomson, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

The count will take place at the Britannia Hotel, Bucksburn, from 10.30am on Friday 20 May.