Local Government Elections 2017

Elections will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017 to elect ward members to Perth & Kinross Council. There are 12 multi-member wards in Perth and Kinross with a total of 40 councillors.

About this election

Local Government (Council) elections are operated under the icon Single Transferable Vote (STV) system [109Kb]. Voters use numbers to mark their ballot paper ranking candidates in preferential order.

Perth & Kinross Council area is covered by eight multi-member wards. Each ward has either 3 or 4 seats. Details of ward areas, and current Councillors can be viewed on the Councillors pages of this website.

ENABLE Scotland have once again worked in partnership with The Electoral Commission to develop accessible factsheets about voting in the Local Government Elections to empower more people who have learning disabilities to vote in local elections in 2017. You can find links to the factsheets below:

List of Candidates standing

Nominations have now closed for candidates standing for Perth & Kinross Council in the Local Government Elections on 4 May 2017. Details of the candidates for each ward can be found in the icon Notice of Poll [226Kb].

The table below gives an analysis of the 86 candidates standing for election for the 40 seats in the 12 wards across the area. The analysis gives a breakdown of the candidates and wards, including electorate, party affiliation and candidate gender.

Number of wards being contested 12
Number of uncontested wards 0
Number of Councillors to be elected 40
Latest electorate (as at 22 March 2017) 114,474
Total number of candidates 86
Number and percentage of male candidates6272.1%
Number and percentage of female candidates2427.9%

Party affiliation/Independent etc

Scottish Conservative & Unionist1922.1
Scottish Green Party1112.8
Scottish Labour Party78.1
Scottish Liberal Democrats1214.0
Scottish National Party (SNP)2326.7

National data for candidates standing across all of Scotland's 32 council areas is available on the Elections Scotland website.

Registering to vote

Voter registration for the Local Government Elections closed on Monday 17 April 2017. If you registered before then your registration will be confirmed in writing to you when successful.

If you wish to speak to someone in the local office, please contact the Tayside Valuation Joint Board.

Statutory notice and election timetables

Postal and proxy voting

Applications for postal votes for the Local Government Elections closed at 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. The deadline to  apply for a proxy vote  is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April

When will I receive my postal vote?

The first batch of postal votes were posted on Thursday 13 April 2017. This will include existing postal voters or successful applications for a postal vote received before 5pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

Further batches of postal votes were sent out on Friday 14 April 2017, for successful applications made between Wednesday 29 March and Wednesday 5 April. The final postal vote issue date will be on Tuesday 25 April for successful applications made between Thursday 6 April and the final postal vote application deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.

Completing a postal vote

It is important to make sure you follow the instructions in your postal voting pack, and return all the required information in the envelopes provided. To help we've created a icon Postal Voting Guide [26Mb].

Polling Day - 4 May 2017

In advance of polling day you will be sent a Poll Card through the post. This will tell you where your local polling station is.

A total of 133 polling stations will be open across Perth and Kinross from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 4 May 2017. icon List of Polling Places in Perth and Kinross. [126Kb]

For this election voters mark the ballot paper using numbers, ranking candidates in order of preference. This  icon Single Transferable Vote Factsheet [109Kb] offers more information about this system of voting works.

Counting the votes

Due to the Single Transferable Vote system in use at this election, the count will be conducted electronically at Bell's Sports Centre, Perth on Friday 5 May 2017 from 9.15 am. The count is not open to the public, although you can view updates while the count is ongoing on this website, and via the Perth & Kinross Council social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. Candidates and their agents are able to attend and observe the count.


The results will be declared throughout Friday 5 May 2017 as wards are counted. The results from previous Council elections and by-elections can be found on the election results pages of this website.

Information for Candidates

Information about what Councillors do and what is expected of a Councillor is available on the localcouncillor.scot website. A series of induction notebooks for prospective Councillors has also been published on the site.

The Electoral Commission has also produced  guidance for candidates and agents about:

  • standing as a candidate
  • spending and donations
  • the election campaign
  • attending electoral events
  • after the declaration of results.

Candidates standing for election as a Councillor in Perth and Kinross, may also find the following links of interest:


Electoral Registration Office

Please note that the Electoral Registration Officer only deals with Electoral Register enquiries, amendments and applications to register to vote, and applications for a postal or proxy vote.

Electoral Registration Officer, Robertson House, Whitefriars Crescent, Perth PH2 0LG. Tel: 01738 630303; Email: perth@tayside-vjb.gov.uk; Website: www.tayside-vjb.gov.uk

Perth and Kinross Election Office

Returning Officer - Bernadette Malone

For information about: elections, dates and notices, candidate nominations, polling places, issues with postal votes not being received, spoilt or lost, ballot papers and how to vote, results or any other election related query.

Perth and Kinross Elections Office, Perth & Kinross Council, 2 High Street, Perth PH1 5PH. Tel: 01738 475004; Email: elections@pkc.gov.uk