Carnoustie by-election candidates announced

A ballot box
A ballot box

Nominations have been received and candidates confirmed for the election of a councillor for the Carnoustie and District area of Angus (Ward 5).

Polling will now take place between 7am and 10pm on Monday 5 December for a councillor to be elected, and follows the death of Provost Helen Oswald.

Only people aged 16 or over on the day of the poll who are registered to vote and living within the ward are eligible to vote.

Candidates are as follows:

- David Cheape, Independent

- Mark McDonald, Scottish National Party

- Beth Morrison, Scottish Liberal Democrats

- Derek Shaw, Scottish Conservative & Unionist

- Ray Strachan, Scottish Labour Party

For voters who are not registered - applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) at Ravenswood, New Road, Forfar, DD8 2ZA, by Wednesday, November 16.

Applications can also be made online at

Any elector may apply for a postal or proxy vote at this by-election. New applications to vote by post and applications to amend or cancel an existing postal or proxy vote must reach the ERO at the above address by 5pm on Thursday, November 17, 2016. New applications to vote by proxy must reach the ERO by 5pm on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Applications to vote by proxy at this by-election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Thursday, November 24, must reach the ERO by 5pm on Monday, December 5, 2016.

For advice on postal or proxy voting, you can contact the ERO on 01307 462416, or email