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On this page, you will find the guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent at council elections in Scotland.

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections. Read the Overview for candidates and agents (PDF) >

This guidance is intended for by-elections and does not cover guidance for candidates and agents for council elections taking place in Scotland on 4 May 2017.

View guidance and resources for council elections in Scotland being held in 2017.

Please note that the guidance on these pages has not been updated since the last scheduled local government elections in Scotland, which took place on 3 May 2012. This means that it does not include updates to legislation which have taken place since 2012, for example legislation to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote at local government elections in Scotland. Therefore it should not be solely relied on for polls taking place after 3 May 2012. If you have questions about the guidance, or changes in legislation, please contact the Commission team at the Scotland Office.

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Being nominated in more than one ward
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2a: Standing as an independent candidate (PDF)

Part 2b

Standing as a party candidate

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Nomination in more than one ward
  • What happens after the close of nominations
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2b: Standing as a party candidate (PDF)

Part 3

The campaign

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Campaigning dos and don'ts
  • Using the electoral register and absent voters' lists
  • Using schools and rooms for public meetings
  • Imprints on campaign publicity material
  • Polling day dos and don'ts
  • Reporting allegations of electoral malpractice

Part 3: The campaign (PDF)

Part 4

Your right to attend key electoral events

Mae’r rhan hon yn cynnwys:

  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and what to expect

Part 4: Your right to attend key electoral events (PDF)

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