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UK Parliamentary general election 2015

Find information on elections that took place across the UK on Thursday 7 May.

Download the general election timetable (DOC)

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Voters

You can find information about the general election and details of local elections in your area on our About my vote website.

It includes information on:

  • voter registration
  • voting by post or proxy
  • overseas voting
  • crown servants and service voters

You can also use the site to find contact details for your local Electoral Registration Officer.

Candidates and agents

We issue full guidance to individuals planning to stand for election to the UK Parliament and their election agents. This guidance covers:

  • the qualifications and disqualifications for standing for election
  • how to stand for election
  • how much you can spend
  • the rules on candidate spending
  • the rules on donations
  • campaigning dos and don’ts
  • what you can expect to see at a number of electoral proceedings
  • what happens after the election

View our guidance for candidates and agents

If you have any questions about the guidance, please contact us:

  • If you have any questions about the non-financial aspects of our guidance, please contact your local Commission office.
  • If your question is about spending or donations, please contact us. You can contact us by phone on our new number 0333 103 1928 or you can still use the old number 020 7271 0616 or email pef@electoralcommission.org.uk

Electoral administrators

There are two versions of our guidance to electoral administrators: our standalone guidance for the UK Parliamentary election, and combined guidance for UK Parliamentary and local elections in England.

The guidance covers:

  • the role and responsibilities of the Returning Officer
  • planning and organisation
  • administering the poll
  • administering absent voting
  • verifying and counting the votes
  • what happens after the election

View our guidance for electoral administrators

If you have any questions about the guidance, contact your local Commission office.

Third parties

Third parties, also known as non-party campaigners, are individuals and organisations that campaign in the run up to elections but do not stand as parties or candidates.
Our guidance can help you establish whether or not you are a non-party campaigner and features regular updates on how the rules apply to you.

The election guidance covers:

  • electoral events in 2015
  • the regulated period
  • spending limits
  • requirements for reporting donations and spending

View our guidance for non-party campaigners

If you have any questions about our guidance to non-party campaigners contact us. The number for the party and election finance advice line is changing. Please contact us on our new number 0333 103 1928 or you can still use the old number 020 7271 0616, or email pef@electoralcommission.org.uk.

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