1999 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar election
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All 31 seats to Western Isles Council
16 seats needed for a majority
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Leader Donald Mackay
Party Independent Labour SNP
Leader's seat Lochs
Last election 25 seats, 89.8% 4 seats, 10.2% Did not stand
Seats won 22 5 4
Seat change Decrease3 Increase1 Increase4
Popular vote 6,866 935 1,468
Percentage 74.1% 10.1% 15.8%
Swing Decrease15.7 Decrease0.1 Increase15.8

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Council Convener before election

Donald Mackay
Independent

Council Convener after election

Alex Macdonald
Independent

An election to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was held on 6 May 1999 as part of the wider 1999 Scottish local elections.

The council, formerly known as Western Isles Council, had been renamed in 1997 in Gaelic as Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Council ward boundaries had also been changed since the previous election, and the total number of wards was increased from 30 to 31.

The election was the first since 1994. Whilst the new Scottish councils had seen elections in 1995, the three Island Councils (Western Isles, Shetland, and Orkney) had not, as they had not been affected by the abolition of the regional and district levels of governance in Scotland. The Island Councils had instead utilised a unitary system, like that adopted by the other Scottish councils in 1995, since their inception.[1]

The Scottish National Party ran candidates for the first time, gaining four seats.

Aggregate results

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar election, 1999[2]
Turnout in contested wards: 64.2% (9,269)
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Independent 22 Decrease3 74.1 6,866 Decrease15.7
  Labour 5 Increase1 10.1 935 Decrease0.1
  SNP 4 Increase4 15.8 1,468 New

Ward results

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