Community Council Elections

The Comhairle is seeking nominations for election to the Community Councils, with four members to be elected in North Harris and four in Lochboisdale.

Any person whose name appears on the Electoral Register for Na h-Eileanan an Iar and who is resident within the Community Council area for which nominations are sought may submit a nomination paper, supported by one proposer who must also be on the Electoral Register and be resident within that local Community Council area. Nomination papers are available from the Council Offices in Stornoway, Tarbert, and Benbecula and are also available from the Comhairle’s website.

Completed nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at any of these offices, not later than 4pm on Wednesday 22nd January 2014.

Community Councils are the most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland and provide a further link between local authorities and communities, helping to make public bodies aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent.

While the primary purpose is to ascertain and express the views of the community, many Community Councils involve themselves in a wide range of activities including fundraising, community events and undertaking projects.

Comhairle Chief Executive, Malcolm Burr, said: “Community Councils have a vital role to play within the democratic process.

“I would encourage all people, especially young people, who have an interest in serving the local Community Council to consider submitting a nomination paper by the close of nominations on Wednesday 22 January 2014. 16 and 17 year olds whose names are included in the register are eligible to seek election.”