The purpose of the Crofting Commission Elections 2017 is for crofters to elect 6 Commissioners (members) to the Crofting Commission Board.
Crofting legislation provides that the Commission’s Board must have at least 2 Ministerial appointments and no more than 6 elected Commissioners. In total, its Board must have at least 5, and not more than 9 Commissioners, and a majority of Commissioners must be elected.
A consultation paper was issued on 18 March 2016, seeking wider views on key aspects of the elections, with views invited by 22 June 2016.
The consultation was also circulated to recipients on the equality stakeholder list, and all the Councils which include crofting communities inviting recipients to put forward ideas about how to improve the diversity of the people standing for election.
No significant impacts on any persons with protected characteristics have been identified as a result of the EQIA process for the Crofting Commission (Elections) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016.
The Scottish Government is satisfied that this policy applies to all crofters equally, and makes no distinction on any of the equalities grounds included in this assessment.