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Landward Caithness by-election result

29th November 2013

Photograph of Landward Caithness by-election result

The by-election for a councillor to represent the Landward Caithness Ward (No 4) on The Highland Council has been won by Matthew Reiss, who will join the Independent Group on the Council

Mr Reiss was one of five candidates who contested the vacancy, created by the resignation of Alex MacLeod. He joins Councillors David Bremner (Independent), Willie Mackay (Independent) and Gillian Coghill (Independent) in representing the Landward Caithness Ward.

Voting was by the single transferable vote and Mr Reiss emerged as the winner at the fourth stage of the count. He gained 1,150 of the 2,588 valid first preference votes cast. The quota was 1,295. 28 votes were rejected

The turnout was 29.9%

The other candidates were: Ed Boyter, Scottish National Party; Kerensa Karr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist; Tina Irving, Independent; Winifred Sutherland, Independent.

Mr Reiss, a former senior police officer, said: I found the last three weeks of campaigning fascinating and an insight into the power of democracy. It will be a huge privilege and I am incredibly proud to be representing Landward Caithness on the Council. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me and supported me.

The Highland Council is made up of 80 elected members. The current representation is Independent 33, SNP 21, Liberal Democrats 14, Labour 8, Independent Nationalist 1, Non-aligned 2 with 1 vacancy for the Black Isle ward.

Ed Boyter Scottish National Party (SNP), 546 - Eliminated at stage 3
Kerensa Carr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist 171 - Eliminated at Stage 2
Tina Irving Independent 128 - Eliminated at stage 1
Matthew Reiss Independent 1,150
Winifred Sutherland Independent 593 - Eliminated at stage 4

Electorate 8745
Total Number of Votes Cast 2616
Percentage Poll 29.91
Total Rejected Ballot Papers 28
Total Valid Votes 2588
Quota (number of votes required to be elected) 1295


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