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Council elections in Scotland - May 2017

The next local government elections take place on Thursday 4 May 2017.

Councillors are to be elected for each of the 12 wards of Dumfries and Galloway Council. The number of councillors to be elected for each ward is:

WardNumber of councillors
1 - Stranraer and the Rhins4
2 - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West4
3 - Dee and Glenkens3
4 - Castle Douglas and Crocketford3
5 - Abbey3
6 - North West Dumfries4
7 - Mid and Upper Nithsdale3
8 - Lochar4
9 - Nith4
10 - Annandale South4
11 - Annandale North4
12 - Annandale East and Eskdale3

Standing for election

You need to complete a nomination form to stand as a candidate for election. Completed nomination forms must be delivered to the Returning Officer at Council HQ, English Street, Dumfries DG1 2DD by 4pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

You'll need to provide:

  • your full name
  • your full home address
  • your consent to nomination
  • your signature
  • a commonly used named (if required)
  • a description (if required)

You can also collect nominations papers from Council HQ, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD. The Election Team are available between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

The Electoral Commission has published guidance for candidates or agents.

You can also visit to find out more about the role of councillor.

Register to vote

You must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 17 April in order to vote in this election. Registered voters are sent a poll card telling them where and when to vote.

How to vote

Vote by going to your nominated polling place, requesting a postal vote or nominating a proxy.

Key dates

Wednesday 29 March (5pm)Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll
Monday 17 April (midnight)Deadline for receiving applications for voter registration
Tuesday 18 April (5pm)Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications
Tuesday 25 April (5pm)Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy
(not postal proxy or emergency proxies)
Thursday 4 May (7am to 10pm)Polling day
Thursday 4 May (5pm)Last time for re-issue of lost/spoilt postal votes
Thursday 4 May (5pm)Deadline for emergency proxy applications
Thursday 4 May (9pm)Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal
Friday 5 MayDeclaration of result
Page last updated: 13/03/17