Election results

There are five types of elections you can vote in and we administer all of these for Dumfries and Galloway.

Local government (council) elections

We have 12 electoral wards in our region with either three or four councillors representing each area. Elections are held every 5 years using the Single Transferable Voting system to decide who is elected as a councillor.

The most recent council elections took place on Thursday 4 May 2017  and  43 councillors were elected to Dumfries and Galloway Council until May 2022.

Scottish Parliament elections

The Scottish Parliament is comprised of 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Elections to the Scottish Parliament are every 4 years and use the Additional Member System.

When you vote in a Scottish Parliament election, you have two votes - one to elect your constituency member and one to elect your regional member.

The next Scottish Parliament elections will be in 2021.

UK Parliament elections (General Elections)

Elections for the UK Parliament are held every 5 years. Registered voters in 650 constituencies of the UK vote for a Member of Parliament (MP) to represent them in the House of Commons.

There are two constituencies in the Dumfries and Galloway region:

  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale

UK Parliamentary general election took place on Thursday 12 December 2019.

European Parliament elections

The Poll for the European Parliamentary Election took place on Thursday 23 May 2019.

There are 73 UK MEPs and there are 6 Members elected to serve Scotland.

Community councils

Community councils are not part of local government but play an important role in representing the views of their community to us and other public bodies. Elections are held every 4 years. There are 107 community council areas in Dumfries and Galloway, and usually around 90 community councils are operational at any time.

The next set of community council elections will be in 2023.

Page last updated: 01/11/2021
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