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Declaration made in Kilwinning by-election

Posted on 10 May 2024

The Returning Officer for North Ayrshire, Craig Hatton, has declared the following local result in the Ward 6 Kilwinning By-Election.


 Name of Candidate

Number of First Preference Votes

Stage Elected

Ian Charles Gibson

Scottish Family Party – Putting Families First



Sheila Gibson

Scottish National Party (SNP)



Mary Hume

Scottish Labour Party



Ruby Kirkwood

Scottish Liberal Democrats



Chris Lawler

Scottish Conservative and Unionist




The Count was held at Nethermains Community Centre and was carried out electronically as local Council elections in Scotland use the Single Transferable Voting system, which allows voters to rank candidates in their preferred order.

After the application of the election rules, Mary Hume, Scottish Labour Party, was elected at Stage 1 and is now duly elected as Councillor to represent Ward 6 Kilwinning.

The total number of ballot papers received was 4,038.

The total number of rejected ballot papers was 42.

Ballot papers are rejected if they do not bear the unique identifying mark; there is no indication of first preference for a candidate; first preference is expressed for more than one candidate; writing or a mark could identify the voter; or unmarked or void for uncertainty.

The percentage turnout for this by-election was 30.2%.