Polling day for the by-election in Harris next Thursday (8 October) will give voters their first flavour of arrangements for casting a vote in the post-COVID era.

Returning officer Malcolm Burr has this morning (Wednesday 30 September) announced how polling day will run in the by-election for a new councillor in the Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas nan Loch ward of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Polling stations at Leverburgh village hall, Tarbert community hall, Scalpay community centre and Gravir Free Church hall (pictured) will be open from 7am to 10pm next Thursday.

Details of all the polling stations and all the information about the poll can be found on the election office webpage at


Additional hygiene measures mean that no more than one elector/or family group will be allowed to enter the polling station at any one time. Electors are encouraged to wear face coverings and to maintain social distancing.

Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to each polling station and on exit and each polling station will have been deep-cleaned before polling day. Booths will be sanitised after each elector has voted, and ‘touch points’ such as door handles and light switches will also be cleaned through the day. Voters are asked to leave the polling station as soon as they have cast their vote.

The vacancy for a third councillor for Harris and North Lochs was created when Finlay Cunningham stood down in July this year.