Local Election 2012: Formartine votes

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ELLON and Mid-Formartine have new councillors, following last week’s local election.

Following the count at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, it emerged that Cllrs Isobel Davidson (Lib Dem), Rob Merson (SNP) and Gillian Owen (Conservative) had again been elected for Ellon and District. They were joined by Ellon Times journalist Richard Thomson, who will now serve as the SNP’s second councillor in the ward.

Meanwhile, in Mid-Formartine, long serving Lib Dem and Chair of Formartine Area Committee, John Loveday, lost his seat to SNP challenger Cryle Shand, who will join Cllrs Jim Gifford (Conservative), Allan Hendry (SNP) and Paul Johnston (Ind) in Mid-Formartine.

Voting took place over Thursday 3, with many analysts predicting a low turnout, which transpired to be the case. Most wards recorded turnouts of between 33 and 40%, with most voters choosing to stay at home.

Conservative Cllr Gillian Owen echoed many when she expressed disappointment at the low turnout.

She said: “My concern is that only around 37% of those registered in this Ward turned out to vote and in my view it is us that make the decisions that do actually affect them, so I am disappointed that more people did not exercise their right to vote! We perhaps take voting for granted. Let’s face it, we are incredibly lucky, we don’t actually have to go to the polling station we can get a Postal Vote or we can nominate a proxy to vote for us.”

The results came as part of a general SNP victory in the shire, though without an overall majority. Negotiations are currently underway to establish a working administration. Turn to pg 20 for full analysis of the elections and what they mean for Aberdeenshire.