The next round of Scottish local government elections will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017 when 30 Councillors will be elected to Falkirk Council.

The Notice of Election is hereby published, giving details of the election, if contested, for Councillors to the 9 Wards of Falkirk Council on Thursday 4 May 2017. The Notice provides information on the nomination process, including obtaining nomination packs from the Election Office and submitting nomination papers by the deadline of 4pm, Wednesday 29 March 2017. The Notice also provides information on applying to register to vote or applying for a postal or proxy vote.

Notice of Election

Notice of Poll

The Notice of Poll for Scottish local government elections for the Falkirk Council area is hereby published.

Notice of Poll

Notice of Election Agent's Names

Notice of Election Agents

Notice of Situation of Polling places

The Notice of Situation of Polling places is published for each constituency, listing the polling places in the Falkirk Council area.

Notice of Situation of Polling Stations

Registration and voting

Details on electoral registration and voting are available on our voting page.

How to vote

Always read the instructions for filling in the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before.

The ballot paper lists the name of each candidate along with their party name, party logo and their address.

Rank the candidates in order of preference. Put a 1 next to your first-choice candidate, a 2 next to your second-choice, a 3 next to your third-choice, and so on. You can rank as few or as many candidates as you like.

If you make a mistake then you can ask the polling staff to give you another ballot paper.

You may also be voting in other elections or referendums on the same day.

Who is elected?

To be elected a candidate must reach a set amount of votes known as the quota.

The votes are counted in stages. In the first stage only first preferences are counted. Anyone who reaches the quota is elected. Any votes received over the quota are not needed by the elected candidate and so are transferred to the second preference. If not enough candidates have then reached the quota, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and all of their votes are passed to the next preference on the ballot papers.

This process is repeated until three or four candidates have been elected.