South Kintyre by-election – guidance for staff

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Argyll and Bute Council is holding a by-election in the South Kintyre ward on Thursday 2nd November 2023.

Accordingly the Returning Officer for Argyll and Bute, Pippa Milne, has published the Notice of Election today, Tuesday 19th September. You can find this here.

Voters who are registered in the South Kintyre ward area only will be eligible to vote, and will be asked to elect one councillor to fill the current vacancy.

The pre-election period starts immediately and there are particular requirements and restrictions for council staff during this time. This is to ensure that no individual or political party standing for election can make use of council resources – including staff – for their own political purposes.

It is important that employees are familiar with all issues associated with the pre-election period. The council has drawn up the attached document, Pre Election guidelines for staff 2023, for those requiring more information.

Any employee who is unsure whether something which they have been asked to do is political, or could be interpreted as such, should refer the matter to their line manager and ultimately, if necessary, their Head of Service or Executive Director.

It is possible that you may be asked questions about the election in the course of your work. Information will be available on the Hub to help you answer or direct any queries that you or anyone else have.

The council’s Elections Team is also available to assist and can be contacted on 01546 603264 or elections@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Below are some useful web links to find out more about elections and voting:

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – online voter registration

www.electoralcommission.org.uk – the independent body which oversees elections in the UK and where you can find out information about all aspects of elections and voting.

Pippa Milne, Returning Officer
19th September 2023

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