Boundary changes will affect Buchan voters

At this year’s elections to the Scottish Parliament, voters in Buchan may find they are voting for candidates in new constituencies.

Changes by the Boundary Commission mean that some communities are no longer within the same Scottish Parliamentary consituencies as they had been previously.

The Banff and Buchan Scottish Parliamentary Constituency is now known as Banffshire and Buchan Coast, taking in part of the Moray Council area, including Buckie, Cullen, Findochty, Portknockie and elsewhere.

This constituency has “lost” Aberdeenshire Council Wards four and six to the new Aberdeenshire East Constituency, which largely supersedes the former Gordon Scottish Parliamentary Constituency.

Aberdeenshire Ward 10, half of Ward 14 and also Kintore and Kinellar are now situated in the new Aberdeenshire West Constituency

It replaces the former West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Scottish Parliamentary Constituency, which itself has now lost Aberdeenshire Ward 17 to Aberdeen North and South Kincardine constituency, run by Aberdeen City Council, plus Ward 19 and most of Ward 18 to Angus North and Mearns constituency, run by Angus Council.

Returning officer for the Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West and Banffshire and Buchan Coast constituencies, Colin Mackenzie, said: “Recent boundary changes mean that some electors may find themselves in a different voting area from what they have been used to in the past.

“But each vote is still as crucial as ever and will count just as much towards determining who our elected representatives will be in the Scottish Parliament and who forms the Scottish Government after May 5.”

Information on polling places is included on polling cards for anyone unsure of where to vote, and in what constituency.

Voters can also check the location of their local polling place by going to: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/elections/where_to_vote.asp#BanffDistrict

Further information, including maps showing new boundaries, can be obtained from the Boundary Commission at: http://www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk/

The deadline for electoral registration was 5pm on Friday, April 15.