Local Council elections 4 May 2017

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is elected every 4 years and the next election is due on 4 May 2017. The following gives key dates and information on becoming a councillor, registering to vote and voting in May’s election.

Standing for election

The council consists of 16 seats for members, with 12 seats available to candidates standing for St Mary's and 1 seat available to candidates standing for each of the off-islands, namely Bryher, St Agnes, St Martin's and Tresco.

Anyone wishing to stand for election as a Councillor must complete the nomination pack. This involves completing the relevant forms as well as getting the signatures of a proposer, a seconder and 8 assenters from the island you wish to represent.

Nomination packs are available on Monday 27 March from 9am at the Town Hall reception and must be returned by 4pm on Tuesday 4 April.

Register to vote

To be eligible to vote in the Local Council election on 4 May 2017 you must be registered to vote by Thursday 13 April 2017. You can register to vote by visiting the following website: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Alternatively you can come to the Town Hall to pick up a form. If you have any queries about registering to vote, don’t hesitate to contact the Council’s Electoral Services team on 01720 424358 or elections@scilly.gov.uk.


The election takes place on 4 May 2017. For those who have chosen to vote in person, there will be a polling station on each island where a seat is being contested. Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.

If you wish to vote by post, you must be registered by 13 April and ensure that we receive your application to vote by post by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.

If you wish to vote by proxy, you must be registered to vote by 13 April and ensure that we receive your application for a proxy vote by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Publishing date: 
Thursday, 23 March, 2017
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