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European Parliamentary elections (Great Britain)

This page contains our guidance and resources for candidates, agents and parties submitting lists of candidates at the European Parliamentary election on 22 May 2014 in Great Britain.

If you are a candidate or agent in Northern Ireland please see Guidance for candidates and agents at European Parliamentary elections in Northern Ireland.

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

Our Introduction to being a candidate (PDF) gives a general introduction to being a candidate, and where to go for more information. 

Latest updates

  • Change to party list candidate personal expenses return - European Parliamentary elections

    27-05-2014

    We have noticed that the form that we initially provided for this purpose needed amending to fully meet the legal requirements. We have now published the revised form. It contains a worksheet to enable candidates to meet the requirement to provide details of each item of expenditure they have incurred, and also reflects the fact that the return relates only to personal expenses incurred by the candidate. The revised form also includes an explanatory note outlining the requirements in more detail.

    If you have already downloaded the previous form, please discard it and use the current version, which is available here.   


     

     

  • Update to Part 5 of the guidance and the election timetable

    09-04-2014

    We have amended Part 5 of the guidance and the election timetable to reflect the new earliest time for sharing and declaring the European Parliamentary election results. The new time is 10pm on Sunday 25 May rather than the previously stated 9pm.

    This change results from a change in the close of poll time by an EU member state. All polls across member states must have closed before any provisional local totals can be made public or shared with candidates and before the result can be declared.

    Read our updated log of changes to our guidance (DOC)


  • Updates to the election timetable and parts 2a/2b, 3, 4 and 5 of the guidance – South West electoral region only

    07-03-2014

    Today we have re-published our election timetable and parts 2a/2b, 3, 4 and 5 of our guidance to reflect the revised deadlines in the South West electoral region as a result of a bank holiday in Gibraltar on 1 May 2014.

    If you are standing in the South West electoral region and have already downloaded a copy of the guidance, please make sure you have the most up-to-date version. Anyone standing in a region other than the South West is unaffected by these changes. 

Part 2a

Standing as an individual candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting nomination papers
  • Paying the deposit
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing an election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

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

Part 2b

Standing as a candidate included on a party list

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Paying the deposit
  • 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

Spending and donations for individual candidates

This part covers:

  • How much you can spend
  • The activities covered by the rules
  • Which donations you can accept
  • How to check donations you receive
  • What information needs to be recorded and reported

Part 3: Spending and donations for individual candidates (PDF)

Part 4

The campaign

This part covers:

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

Part 4: The campaign (PDF)

Part 5

Your right to attend key electoral events

This part covers:

  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and the collation of local totals and what to expect at these proceedings

Part 5: Your right to attend key electoral events (PDF)

Part 6

After the declaration of results

This part covers:

  • Making the declaration of acceptance of office
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Questioning the result through an election petition

Part 6: After the declaration of results (PDF)

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