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2016 elections

Here you will find our guidance for non-party campaigners campaigning at the following elections in May 2016. There are different rules depending on which election you are campaigning at.

If you are spending money on regulated campaigning at any of the following elections, you will need to read the guidance below:

For Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Wales, please read our guidance Overview of non-party campaigns here and also the guidance for the elections in Wales which you can find below.

If you are only campaigning at the following elections in England, you should read the factsheets below:

Overview

Non-party campaigns

This part covers:

  • types of non-party campaigns
  • what's covered by the rules
  • the regulated period, spending limits and reporting requirements
  • when you must register with us
  • key dates and events

Overview of non-party campaigns (PDF)

Overview

Regulated non-party campaigning

This part covers:

  • an introduction to regulated campaign activity
  • the purpose and public tests
  • what counts as regulated campaign activity
  • applying the purpose test to different types of campaigns

Overview of regulated non-party campaigning (PDF)

Situations & procedures

Registering with us

This part covers:

  • who can register as a non-party campaigner
  • when you must register as a non-party campaigner
  • how to apply to register
  • what happens after registration

You may also find useful:

Do I need to register?

Registering as a non-party campaigner (PDF)

Overview

Joint campaigning

This part covers:

  • what a joint campaign is
  • how joint campaigns can be structured
  • donating to another campaigner
  • lead campaigners and minor campaigners
  • how spending must be accounted for

You may also find useful:

Am I part of a joint campaign?

Joint campaigning (PDF)

Situations & procedures

Hustings

This part covers:

  • an introduction to hustings events
  • what is a hustings
  • non-selective hustings
  • selective hustings

Hustings guidance: May 2016 (PDF)

Party or campaigner