SNP's Sonya Warren wins Buckie by-election
THE Buckie by-election, organised to select a third councillor for the ward, has been won by SNP candidate Sonya Warren.
The by-election for the area - which includes Arradoul, Buckpool, Buckie, Rathven, Portessie and Findochty - was called following the death of Independent councillor Joe Mackay in January.
Mrs Warren polled 1484 votes in stage one of the poll, with Independent Norman Calder second on 696 and Conservative candidate Tim Eagle third with 315. Mrs Warren had 59.47% of the vote.
The voter turnout for the by-election was 32.3%.
The result could tip the balance of power in Moray Council chamber.
Before today's result, there was 10 SNP councillors. The administration group consisted of 10 Independents and Conservative Allan Wright.
There are also two Labour members and two Tory councillors.
With Mrs Warren's victory, it gives the SNP the same number of councillors as are in the administration, and makes the SNP the largest party.