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Candidates and agents at Scottish Parliamentary elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the Scottish Parliamentary election on 5 May 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Commission team.

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) >

Click here for the 2016 timetable for the Scottish Parliamentary election.

Latest updates

  • Update to short campaign spending form and explanatory notes

    29-04-2016

    On 29 April 2016 we made minor amendments to the Scottish Parliamentary election short campaign spending return form and the explanatory notes for completing the spending return forms.

    The amendments make it clear that providing information on the return about candidate contributions towards election spending is optional, and that expenses that are reasonably attributable to a candidate's disability constitute personal expenses.

Part 2a

Standing at the constituency election

This part covers:

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

Part 2a: Standing at the constituency election (PDF)

Part 2b

Part 2b: Standing at the regional election

This part covers:

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

Part 2b: Standing at the regional election (PDF)

Part 3

Spending and donations

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 (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
  • 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 what to expect

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
  • Submitting your spending returns and declarations
  • Questioning the result through an election petition

Part 6: After the declaration of results (PDF)

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