The Crofting Commission Elections March 2017
The Crofting Commission is the public body that regulates crofting and promotes the interests of crofters. Elections are held every five years to elect six members to the Commission’s board. The first elections took place in 2012. The elected Commissioners, along with the three Commissioners appointed by the Scottish Ministers, make up the Board of the Crofting Commission.
The second Crofting Elections will take place in March 2017. The Nomination period closed on Thursday 26 of January, and the name and address of each candidate validly nominated can be found at Elections Candidates.
At the close of this period, there were more than one validly nominated candidate in four of the Constituencies. Consequently, an election will now take place in accordance with the Crofting Commission (Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 as amended.
Ballot Papers have now been issued by post to all eligible electors in the four contested constituencies and must be returned in the pre-paid envelope provided by 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 16th March 2017.
These constituencies are East Highlands (East Sutherland, Easter Ross, East Inverness and Moray), South West Highlands (Lochaber, Argyll and Bute, Arran and Cumbrae, Small Isles), West Highlands (West Sutherland, Wester Ross. Skye and Lochalsh), and Western Isles.
In the Caithness and Orkney, and Shetland Constituencies, the number of candidates nominated for election was equal to the number of candidates to be returned, therefore no poll will take place in these two Constituencies. Not later than 11.00am on Friday 17 March 2017 the candidates nominated for these two Constituencies will be declared to be elected as Crofting Commissioners for the stated Constituencies.
Each croft in the four contested Constituencies is entitled to one vote, with crofters who have multiple crofts having only one vote.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) is administrating the 2017 elections. The count will take place in Stornoway at 10.00am on Friday 17 March 2017.
It is important all crofters make their voices heard by voting in March’s election. To find out more about the Roles and Responsibilities of a Commissioner click here (the document also contains the 9 principles of public life and a link to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland webpage).
What are the functions of the Crofting Commission?
To find out more about the functions of the Crofting Commission and its Commissioners, click on www.crofting.scotland.gov.uk for information.