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Crofting Elections

Make your voice heard in the future of crofting

We are just coming to the end of the first 5 year term of the Crofting Commission and the elections for new Board members will be taking place in March 2017.  Those who are interested in the standing for election as a Commissioner need to nominate by Thursday 26 January 2017. The list of candidates for the elections has now been announced by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

To vote a person's name needs to be entered in the Crofting Electoral Register by Thursday 19 January 2017.  Please note that some information contained on the Commission's Register of Crofts will form the basis of the Crofting Electoral Register, which will be supplied to the Returning Officer. The deadline for applications for proxy and absent votes is Thursday 26 January 2017.  Please contact the Commission on 01463 663439 if you like to apply for a proxy/absent vote or have any further queries.   

The elections will be administered by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES). The Scottish Government, the Comhairle and the Crofting Commission are working together to ensure a free, transparent and fair election process and to encourage a diverse range of candidates and high voter turnout.

We’re urging crofters to stand as candidates and to use their votes. The commission is the regulator of the crofting system, with commissioners responsible for promoting the interests of crofting and advising Scottish ministers. The postal poll in March is being held to appoint commissioners for the six crofting constituencies:

  • East Highlands
  • Orkney and Caithness
  • Shetland
  • South West Highlands
  • West Highlands
  • Western Isles.

This is an important time to ensure a strong and vibrant future for crofters, and it’s vital to have a Crofting Commission made up of people who represent and reflect the interests and diversity of Scotland’s crofting community. You can stand for election or nominate someone you believe could represent crofting. You can also make sure you use your vote in March and play your part in helping to secure the future of crofting. For more information, visit  To download nomination forms and find out more about the voting process visit CnES.

Watch our short film to find out more about the role of the Commission and Commissioners:

Elections Regulations

Regulations for the elections have been approved by Scottish Parliament, ahead of the planned poll to elect Commissioners to the Commission.

The amended regulations cover:

  • The process of appointing a new Commissioner, should a vacancy arise before 2022
  • Who should be able to stand for election
  • Absent and proxy votes
  • The maximum amount and process for election expenses.

The regulations will make no changes to the six constituency boundaries.

Crofting Elections

Applications to the Commission

We are currently dealing with high volumes of applications to the Commission. As a result, we may not be able to acknowledge receipt of your application within our usual 5-day period. We apologise for this and appreciate your patience.

Looking for information? Have you tried the Register of Crofts online.

Crofting Commission, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW 

T: 01463 663439

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