Information about the East Lothian Council by-election in Ward 2

A by-election will be held on Thursday 20 January 2022 for the election of ONE councillor in Ward 2 of East Lothian Council, the Preston/Seton/Gosford Ward. The by-election is due to the sad death of Councillor Willie Innes and is required under electoral legislation.  

The successful candidate will represent this ward along with the three existing councillors (Lachlan Bruce, Neil Gilbert and Fiona O’Donnell).

The by-election will use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system where voters can rank candidates in order of preference rather than a single cross. Voters can choose to vote for as many or as few candidates as they like. The result of the by-election will be announced once the votes have been counted. The count will be done electronically and this will be held on Friday 21 January 2022. 

Key dates

15 December Poll cards sent out

21 December First issue of postal votes

31 December Last day to apply to be on the electoral register

5 January Last day for new postal vote applications

5 January Last day to change an existing postal or proxy vote application

11 January Second issue of postal votes 

12 January Last day for new proxy vote applications

Enquiries for any of the above should be made to the Electoral Registration Office email: