Elections - upcoming elections

Stirling Council Election - Thursday 4 May 2017

Council elections will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017 across Scotland’s 32 local authorities. The voting system used for these local council elections is Single Transferable Vote (STV). This means that voters will mark their ballot paper by ranking the candidates in order of preference using numbers.

Following the recent Scottish Local Government Boundary review the number of councillors to be elected at the forthcoming elections in the Stirling Council area has increased from 22 to 23 councillors. Stirling Council is covered by seven multi-member wards.

  • Ward 1 – Trossachs and Teith (3 councillors)
  • Ward 2 – Forth and Endrick (3 councillors)
  • Ward 3 - Dunblane and Bridge of Allan (4 councillors)
  • Ward 4 - Stirling North (4 councillors)
  • Ward 5 - Stirling West (3 councillors)
  • Ward 6 – Stirling East (3 councillors)
  • Ward 7 – Bannockburn (3 councillors)

Interested in Becoming a Councillor?

Becoming a councillor is a form of public service where you have the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives and the local community.

Councils are looking for people from all walks of life to represent local communities in their area.

Who can become a Councillor?

You don’t have to be affiliated to a political party to stand for election. You can stand for election to become a councillor, as long as you are:

  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union and
  • Over 18 years of age.

You must also meet one of the following four qualifications:

  • Be registered as a local government elector in the council area in which you wish to stand.
  • Have ownership or tenancy of a property in the council area in which you wish to stand for the last 12 months.
  • Have had your main place of work in the council area in which you wish to stand for the last 12 months.
  • Have lived in the council area in which you wish to stand for the last 12 months.

Who can’t become a Councillor?

The full range of disqualifications is complex but includes the job you may hold, having served a prison sentence of more than three months in the last five years and being declared bankrupt.

You can find out more information about whether or not you would be qualified to become a councillor on the Electoral Commission’s website

Information Session for potential Candidates and Election Agents

An information session for potential candidates and agents is being held on: Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 5.30pm in the Wallace Room, Old Viewforth, Stirling, FK8 2ET.

The session will cover the role and responsibilities of a local councillor, candidate nominations and the election process.

If you are interested in attending please contact the Election Office Tel: 01786233097/233095 or Email: elections@stirling.gov.uk

Further information on becoming a councillor is available on the Improvement Service’s website.