Penicuik by-election result
The SNP candidate, Joe Wallace, has won the Ward 1 Penicuik by-election. The by-election was called after the death of Labour councillor and provost, Cllr Adam Montgomery.
The SNP candidate won at Stage 3
Joe Wallace was elected at Stage 3. The election is by the Single Transferable Vote System (STV).
The turnout was 42.9%.
The four candidates were as follows:
Helen Armstrong, Scottish Green Party
Murdo Macdonald, Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Joe Wallace, Scottish National Party (SNP)
Vivienne Wallace, Scottish Labour Party.
The full results were:
The total number of votes cast was 4,781 and 31 rejected.
Helen Armstrong: 344 votes
Murdo Macdonald: 1,433 votes
Joe Wallace: 1,663 votes
Vivienne Wallace: 1,310
No candidate attained the 2376 quota so the count proceeded to Stage 2. The candidate with the lowest number of votes, Helen Armstrong was excluded and her votes transferred to the remaining candidates in accordance with the voters' next preferences.
Murdo Macdonald: 36 transferred so total of 1,469 votes
Joe Wallace: 140 transferred so total of 1,803 votes
Vivienne Wallace: 104 transferred so total of 1,414 votes
Vivienne Wallace was then excluded and her votes transferred to the remaining candidates in accordance with the voters' next preferences.
Murdo Macdonald: 319 transferred so total of 1,788 votes
Joe Wallace: 434 transferred so total of 2,237 votes.
There were 661 non-transferrable votes identified at Stage 3 giving total non-transferable votes of 725.