NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL

ELECTORAL WARD No. 13 (THORNIEWOOD) BY‑ELECTION

DATE OF BY‑ELECTION: 9 JULY 2015

 

I, Gavin Whitefield, Returning Officer for the above by‑election, hereby give notice that the votes cast were as follows.

 

Total Ballot Papers received 3,346
Invalid votes 38
Total Valid Votes 3,308
Electoral quota 1,655
Percentage poll 28.2%

that the votes cast for each of the candidates were as follows:

Name Number of Votes
Steven Bonnar
Scottish National Party (SNP)
1,555
Hugh Gaffney
Scottish Labour Party
1,410
Meghan Gallacher
Scottish Conservative and Unionist
149
Patrick Pearse McAleer
Scottish Green Party
51
Liam McCabe
Scottish Socialist Party
81
Craig Smith
Scottish Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
33
Matt Williams
UK Independence Party (UKIP)
29

 

and that, as the number of votes for no candidate equalled or exceeded the electoral quota there was excluded from the election at the first stage Matt Williams.


On the transfer of the ballot papers for Matt Williams, 4 ballot papers were non‑transferable as no next available preference was given and the votes then credited to each continuing candidate were as follows:

 

Name Number of Votes
Steven Bonnar
Scottish National Party (SNP)
1,556
Hugh Gaffney
Scottish Labour Party
1,417
Meghan Gallacher
Scottish Conservative and Unionist
158
Patrick Pearse McAleer
Scottish Green Party
55
Liam McCabe
Scottish Socialist Party
81
Craig Smith
Scottish Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
37

 

and that, as the number of votes for no candidate equalled or exceeded the electoral quota there was excluded from the election at the second stage Craig Smith.


On the transfer of the ballot papers for Craig Smith, 7 ballot papers were non‑transferable as no next available preference was given and the votes then credited to each continuing candidate were as follows:

 

Name Number of Votes
Steven Bonnar
Scottish National Party (SNP)
1,565
Hugh Gaffney
Scottish Labour Party
1,422
Meghan Gallacher
Scottish Conservative and Unionist
167
Patrick Pearse McAleer
Scottish Green Party
61
Liam McCabe
Scottish Socialist Party
82

 

and that, as the number of votes for no candidate equalled or exceeded the electoral quota there was excluded from the election at the third stage Patrick Pearse McAleer.


On the transfer of the ballot papers for Patrick Pearse McAleer, 17 ballot papers were non‑transferable as no next available preference was given and the votes then credited to each continuing candidate were as follows:

 

Name Number of Votes
Steven Bonnar
Scottish National Party (SNP)
1,586
Hugh Gaffney
Scottish Labour Party
1,433
Meghan Gallacher
Scottish Conservative and Unionist
172
Liam McCabe
Scottish Socialist Party
89

 

and that, as the number of votes for no candidate equalled or exceeded the electoral quota there was excluded from the election at the fourth stage Liam McCabe.


On the transfer of the ballot papers for Liam McCabe, 27 ballot papers were non‑transferable as no next available preference was given and the votes then credited to each continuing candidate were as follows:

 

Name Number of Votes
Steven Bonnar
Scottish National Party (SNP)
1,622
Hugh Gaffney
Scottish Labour Party
1,456
Meghan Gallacher
Scottish Conservative and Unionist
175

 

and that, as the number of votes for no candidate equalled or exceeded the electoral quota there was excluded from the election at the fifth stage Meghan Gallacher.


On the transfer of the ballot papers for Meghan Gallacher, 89 ballot papers were non‑transferable as no next available preference was given and the votes then credited to each continuing candidate were as follows:

 

Name Number of Votes
Steven Bonnar
Scottish National Party (SNP)
1,647
Hugh Gaffney
Scottish Labour Party
1,517

as the number of votes then credited to Steven Bonnar was greater than the number of votes then credited to the other continuing candidate, the said Steven Bonnar was duly elected to serve on North Lanarkshire Council as a Councillor for Ward No. 13 – Thorniewood.


 

  Reason Number of Papers
(a) Want of unique identifying mark/official mark 0
(b) On which the figure “1” standing alone indicating a 1st preference is set opposite the name of more than 1 candidate 1
(c) Writing or mark by which the voter can be identified 0
(d) *Unmarked or void for uncertainty 37
  Total ballot papers rejected 38

 

*  Unmarked or void for uncertainty:  Note – this will also include ballot papers rejected under Rule 43(1)(b).

Returning Officer

10 July 2015