Scottish Parliamentary Election 2021

A Scottish Parliamentary election was held on Thursday 6 May 2021 to elect members (MSPs) to the Scottish Parliament. 

About this election

Elections to the Scottish Parliament are carried out using the Additional Member Voting system. This voting system combines the traditional First Past the Post system (FPP) and Proportional Representation (PR).

Moray Council area is covered by the Moray constituency and the Banff & Buchan Coast constituency. A constituency map is available from the Boundary Commission for Scotland here. Moray is part of the Highland and Islands Region.

Voters had two votes in these elections and were provided with two ballot papers.

  1. The first vote is to elect a person to be their Constituency Member. The person who wins the most votes using the FPP voting system becomes the Constituency Member.
  2. The second vote is to elect Regional representatives. Voters can select a political party or an individual candidate (if there are any standing) for a seat in a Scottish Parliament Region.

There are 7 MSPs for each of the 8 Scottish Parliament Regions. Candidates or parties are elected using a PR voting system and are called 'List' MSPs

Voters use one cross (X) to mark their ballot paper(s). 

Statutory Notices


Moray Constituency Results

Richard Lochhead (SNP) was elected the Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Moray Constituency on Friday 7 May 2021.

Results for the Moray Constituency
Name Party Votes
Tim EAGLE Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 16,823
Jo KIRBY Scottish Labour Party 2,972
Richard LOCHHEAD Scottish National Party (SNP) 19,987
Sheila Ewan RITCHIE Scottish Liberal Democrats 1,165
Robert STEPHENSON UK Independance Party (UKIP) 188
  Ballot Papers Rejected 122
  Electorate 63,282
  Total Votes Cast 41,257
  Turnout Percentage 65.2%


Highland and Islands Regional List: Moray Results only

Full results from Moray from the Highland and Islands Regional List
Party Votes Cast
Abolish the Scottish Parliament Party 148
Alba Party 538
All for Unity 238
Freedom Alliance- Integrity, Society, Economy 151
Reform UK 83
Restore Scotland 67
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 15,890
Scottish Family Party 191
Scottish Green Party 2,531
Scottish Labour Party 3,207
Scottish Liberal Democrats 1,133
Scottish Libertarian Party 42
Scottish National Party (SNP) 16,600
Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 29
UK Independence Party (UKIP) 77
Hazel MANSFIELD (Independent) 33
Andy WIGHTMAN (Independent) 204
TOTAL 41,227
Ballot Papers Rejected 65
Electorate 63,282
Total Votes Cast 41,221
Turnout Percentage 65.1%


Electoral Registration Office (ERO)

For electoral register enquiries, to register to vote, change or amend your addresses or to apply for a postal or proxy vote. Please note the Electoral Registration Officer only deals with electoral register enquiries, amendments and applications to register to vote, applying for a postal or proxy vote.

Electoral Registration Officer (ERO)
Grampian Valuation Joint Board
Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GE
01224 068400
Online contact form at for elector register queries and amendments, postal and proxy vote applications

Monday - Thursday - 9am to 5pm, Friday - 9am to 4pm

Moray Election Office

Returning Officer - Denise Whitworth
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:

Elections Office, Moray Council, Council Office, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX

Elections helpline: 01343 563334  (do not use this number for enquiries for registering to vote, or applying for proxy or postal votes, see above) (do not use this email address for electoral register queries /application to vote by post or proxy) please contact ERO above

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