A by-election that was due to be held to fill a north-east council ward seat has been postponed due to coronavirus.
Aberdeenshire Council has stated that the Ellon and District by-election will now take place on October 1 due to the current public health advice around Covid-19.
The seat is currently empty following the resignation of Richard Thomson, who stepped down due to becoming the MP for Gordon in December’s election.
He announced his decision last month.
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The government gave local authorities the power to postpone by-elections under the Coronavirus Act 2020, as the vacancy is usually required to be filled within three months of it occurring.
A statement from Aberdeenshire Council said: “If, as we approach that date, the prevailing health advice is such that the returning officer may wish to consider a further postponement, this will also be appropriately communicated to all stakeholders.”