Council By-Election 2022

A Council by-election will be held on Thursday 3 November 2022 to elect one member (Councillor) to the Buckie ward of the Moray Council. 

Last updated 03/10/2022 16:09

About this election

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

Moray Council area is covered by eight multi-member wards. Each ward has either 3 or 4 councillor seats. Due to the resignation of Cllr Christopher Price (Lib Dem) from the Buckie ward (Ward 3) a vacancy will be filled by a by-election on Thursday 3 November 2022.

Key dates and notices

Key dates during this election are noted in the election timetable below (PDF).

Election Timetable (revised)

Statutory Notices


Five candidates are standing in this election.

  • Tim EAGLE (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Keighly GOUDIE (Scottish Labour Party)
  • Neil HOULDEN (-)
  • John STUART (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Les TARR (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

Ward 3 Buckie Ward Boundary map (PDF, 1.2Mb)

Candidate Guidance Handbook  (Electoral Commission)


A poll will take place in Ward 3 - Buckie on Thursday 3 November, between 7am - 10pm. Please refer to your poll card sent to you in early October for details of your polling station. 

Postal Votes

If you are not already a postal voter and you require a postal vote for this by-election please contact the Electoral Registration Officer) details at foot this page) to apply. Applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 19 October.

Postal vote packs for this by-election will issued from Monday 24 October. 
If you lost or spoil your postal vote pack, please contact the Election Office by emailing or call the elections helpline on 013434 563334 for a replacement from Friday 28 October.

When returning your postal vote, please be aware of industrial action which may delay your postal vote being returned.

Completing my postal vote - step by step

Count and Results

The STV by-election count will be conducted manually on Friday 4 November in Buckie. Results will be available around 1pm that day.

  • Declaration of Results for Ward 3 Buckie Council By-election  - due 4 Nov
  • Election Results


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 and emergency proxy.

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 or application to vote by post or proxy or emergency proxy please contact electoral registration officer above

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