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Deadlines for taking part in Highland Council Wick and East Caithness by-election drawing near

By Gregor White

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Make sure you do not miss your right to vote.
Make sure you do not miss your right to vote.

There is less than a week left for people to register to vote or apply for a postal vote in the forthcoming local authority election.

Polling will take place on Thursday, August 12 to elect one of five candidates standing in the Wick and East Caithness ward.

To take part eligible residents must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday (July 26).

To complete a register to vote application online visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 393 783 or email ero@highland.gov.uk to request a paper application form.

Applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Moray House, 16-18 Bank Street, Inverness, IV1 1QY by the deadline.

The latest time to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday (July 27) and the deadline for anyone wishing to apply to vote by proxy is Wednesday, August 4. Postal Packs are being delivered by Royal Mail on Wednesday, August 4.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on August 12 and the electronic counting of votes will take place the following day in Inverness.

The five Wick and East Caithness ward candidates standing for election are:

• CAMERON, Michael James - Scottish National Party (SNP)

• CHRISTIAN, Harry - Scottish Libertarian Party

• FERNIE, Bill - Independent

• ROSS, Daniel - Scottish Conservative and Unionist

• TILT, Jill - Scottish Liberal Democrats

A by-election will also be held for the Inverness West ward on the same day.

Further details on both by-elections, including what options there are for voting and answers to frequently asked questions is available at www.highland.gov.uk/byelection

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