6.8 Apportionment of Expenses

Guidelines for the apportionment of expenses where there are multiple vacancies The key requirement is that it must be possible to demonstrate to the courts,…

6.6 Organising Your Bank Accounts

Organising your bank accounts Why it matters The law requires that all money received for the election must be accounted for on election returns, with…

6.2 Election Expenses Limits

Different limits are set for each type of election. The format is a flat rate, plus an amount per elector except for parliamentary by-elections. The…

6.14 How to Process Donations

How to process donations The agent must be handed all donations and donation details, which should go through the agent’s account. The agent will then…

6.13 Permissible Donors

Permissible donors A candidate or her agent must accept donations only from permissible donors. These are: an individual registered in a UK electoral register, a…

6.10 Timetable for Election Returns

Timetable for election returns After the result is declared: Within 14 days – Candidate must submit a statement of her personal expenses to the agent.…

5.2 Format of the Electoral Register

Format of the register Order of electors Registers must be divided into polling districts, with a letter code given to each polling district and then…

4.3 Third party expenditure

Aside from what parties and candidates can do, individuals or groups that aim to promote or disparage electoral candidates, at either general elections or local…

4.2 Individual Electoral Registration

What is Individual Electoral Registration (IER)? Individual Electoral Registration replaces the old system of household registration – where one person in each household was meant…

3.9 Terms of Office if Elected

Terms of office if elected A councillor serves from formal acceptance of office to four days after polling day at the end of the four…

3.8 Withdrawal or Death of a Candidate

Withdrawal or death of a candidate After nominations there is a short period of time in which candidates may withdraw (consult the official timetable to…

3.4 Nomination and the Deposit

Deposit There is a requirement for a deposit to accompany the nomination for General Elections but not local elections. Varying different rules apply to Mayoral,…

3.3 Candidate’s Consent to Nomination

Candidate’s consent to nomination This must be witnessed and signed by the candidate. The Returning Officer has no discretion to accept a fax or email.…

3.2 Filling in the Nomination Paper

Filling in the local election nomination paper It is a legal requirement to fill in the top of the nomination paper before getting signatures of…

3.1 Getting Your Candidate Nominated

Getting your candidate nominated The following paperwork needs to be completed correctly and submitted on time: nomination papers candidate’s consent to nomination deposit (not for…

2015 Local Election Timetable

The timetable for local elections is calculated by counting backwards from polling day. Local elections are usually held on the first Thursday in May, but…