Renfrewshire will host a by-election on Tuesday 14 December 2021 to elect a local councillor for the Paisley Southeast ward.

Voters will head to the polls to choose the third elected member for the ward who will represent more than 9,700 voters in their role at Renfrewshire Council.

The seat was held by independent councillor Paul Mack who had been a local politician for more than 25 years. He was recently removed from office because of his conduct and comments directed at colleagues.

Councillor Eddie Devine, who is the Renfrewshire Labour group leader and Marie McGurk, SNP, currently represent the ward.

Following the notification of election on 1st November, a number of key deadlines are now in place, including:

  • Registering to vote – 25 November
  • New, and changes to existing, postal vote and postal proxy applications – 26th November (5pm)
  • New proxy vote applications – 6th December
  • Polling Day – 14th December

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, voters are being reminded of the opportunity to register for a postal vote if they do not wish to vote in-person.

Four polling stations will be available for residents to cast their vote in-person, and these will be situated at Glenburn Community Centre, Glenburn Resource Centre, Paisley South Church Hall and St Charles Church Hall – with robust public health measures in place at each.

Bushes Primary School is not being used as a polling station for this by-election and residents who would normally vote here will be able to cast their vote at Glenburn Community Centre.

Kenneth Graham, Returning Officer, said: “It’s important that all residents in the ward area are able to have their say and cast their vote in this by-election.

“If you’re not already registered to vote, or are in any doubt, please take the time to check in advance and register before the deadline of 25th November.

“In line with the ongoing pandemic, I can assure you that all public health measures will be in place to ensure a safe in-person voting process, but I would remind residents that they can register for a postal vote which allows them to vote in advance and reduces the numbers of people visiting polling stations on the day.”

Find out more information and who is standing on this by-election: www.renfrewshire24.co.uk/renfrewshire-council-paisley-southeast-by-election-coverage.