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    Elections and Voting

    For information on How to Register to Vote please click here.    Registered voters in North Ayrshire may vote in a variety of elections and referenda.    The main types of election are set out below:-

    Local Government (known as Council) Elections

    Local government (or Council) elections are held at regular intervals as prescribed by the Scottish Parliament. These Local elections use the Single Transferable Vote system of voting.

    Each local government area in Scotland is divided into electoral wards and there is a separate election for each electoral ward. The number of Councillors returned in each electoral ward is either three or four.

    As a result of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland Fifth Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements, the North Ayrshire Council area consists of 10 electoral wards from 4 May 2017 as follows:-


    Ward Number

    Ward Name

    Number of Councillors to be returned

    1

    Irvine West

    4

    2

    Irvine East

    3

    3

    Kilwinning

    4

    4

    Stevenston

    3

    5

    Ardrossan and Arran

    3

    6

    Dalry and West Kilbride

    3

    7

    Kilbirnie and Beith

    3

    8

    North Coast and Cumbraes

    4

    9

    Saltcoats

    3

    10

    Irvine South

    3

    Maps showing the boundaries of the electoral wards of North Ayrshire can be downloaded from the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland website. If you live in North Ayrshire, you can find details of your Councillors elsewhere on this website.

    UK Parliamentary General Elections

    Members of Parliament (MPs) are elected using a First Past The Post system.  In North Ayrshire qualified and registered electors vote in either the North Ayrshire and Arran or the Central Ayrshire constituencies.  Those elected sit in the Westminster Parliament.  The next UK Parliamentary General Election is scheduled for Thursday 8 June 2017.  For further information on this Election please visit our Forthcoming Elections page.

    The existing UK Parliamentary constituencies in Scotland, of which there are currently 59, result from the Boundary Commission for Scotland's Fifth Periodical Review Report which was published in November 2004. The recommendations of the report were enacted by the Parliamentary Constituencies (Scotland) Order 2005.  This replaced the Parliamentary Constituencies (Scotland) Order 1995.  The area of North Ayrshire falls across two county constituencies i.e. Central Ayrshire and North Ayrshire and Arran.  

    The Central Ayrshire constituency consists of part of North Ayrshire plus the area of South Ayrshire Council, other than that part in the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock County Constituency.  

    The North Ayrshire and Arran constituency consists of the area of North Ayrshire Council not falling within the Central Ayrshire constituency.

    Each UK Parliamentary constituency returns 1 Member of Parliament (MP).  You can find details of the current MPs for each constituency be using the search facility on the House of Commons website

    Maps of the two UK Parliamentary Constituencies can be downloaded from the Boundary Commission for Scotland's website.

    Scottish Parliamentary Elections

    There are currently 129 elected members in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, of which 73 are constituency members and 56 are list members.

    Scottish Parliamentary Elections use the Additional Member System (AMS) where each voter has two votes. One of these votes is cast for a constituency MSP using the first past the post system, and the other is cast for a regional representative.  

    Scottish Parliamentary elections take place every four years and, depending where you live in North Ayrshire, qualified and registered voters will vote to return a constituency MSP for either the Cunninghame North or Cunninghame South constituency, as well as a West of Scotland regional representative.

    Each Scottish Parliamentary constituency returns 1 Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP). You can find details of the current MPs for each constituency by using the search facility on the Scottish Parliament website.

    Maps of the two UK Parliamentary Constituencies can be downloaded from the Boundary Commission for Scotland's website.

    European Elections

    The UK is divided into twelve regions, each of which has between 3 and 10 MEP’s representing the area. North Ayrshire is part of the Scotland region, currently returning seven MEPs elected every five years using a closed lists system.  

    MEPs sit in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The next election is scheduled to take place in 2014. You can find details of the current MEPs by using the search facility on the European Parliament website.

    Contact Us

    elections@north-ayrshire.gov.uk