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UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain

This page contains our guidance and resources for candidates and agents at the UK Parliamentary general election on 7 May 2015 in Great Britain.

If you are a candidate or agent in Northern Ireland please see our Guidance for candidates and agents at UK 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)

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant deadlines for the UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain on 7 May 2015. View the election timetable for the UK Parliamentary general election on 7 May 2015 (DOC)

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • 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

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • 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

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
  • Information about the Access to Elected Office Fund for Disabled People

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
  • Freepost
  • 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)

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