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Election / Council by-election set for November

A BY-election will be held in the Shetland West ward on 17 November following the resignation of a councillor.

John Leask, who was only elected in May, confirmed last month he would be standing down due to changes in the work pattern of his other job.

Former Shetland West councillor John Leask.

Shetland Islands Council has now confirmed the timetable for the by-election.

Polling day will be on Thursday 17 November, with the count taking place the following day.

A notice of by-election will be released on 29 September and people will have up until 17 October to submit their nomination papers.

The names of prospective candidates would be released after 4pm on 17 October.

While the west ward only features two elected members, seven people put themselves forward in May’s local government election.

Leask was elected alongside Liz Peterson, with Mark Robinson coming a close third. They were all independent candidates.

Green candidate Debra Nicolson was fourth, with the SNP’s Zara Pennington fifth.

Independent candidates Andrew Holt and Ian Tinkler followed on the results list.

An eighth candidate – Peter Fraser – was on the ballot paper but did not seek election due to personal circumstances. However, he still picked up a handful of votes.

A by-election for the North Isles ward has already been held after only two candidates went for the area’s three seats in May’s election.

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