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Northern Ireland

On this page you will find information about the work we do in Northern Ireland.

For information on registering to vote in Northern Ireland visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.

Testing of election forms in Northern Ireland 

During the summer of 2014 we commissioned research to conduct user testing of proposed new forms to be used at elections in Northern Ireland.

These included poll cards, ballot papers and postal voting statements. Focus groups and one to one interviews were used to test the usability of the forms.

Read the report on testing of Northern Ireland forms (PDF)

Publication of Draft Polling Station Scheme Review 2014

The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland has published a draft polling station scheme. The scheme sets out the location of proposed polling stations in Northern Ireland and the streets or roads allocated to each of them.

The Chief Electoral Officer is now seeking views on the scheme, including any objections or proposals. Responses must be made directly to the Chief Electoral Officer by Friday 5 December 2014

For more information on the draft scheme and how to respond to the consultation, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website

Change to local government candidate return of spending form

Monday 2 June 

We have noticed that there was an error on the form of return of candidate spending. The explanatory notes to the form and guidance are correct.

We have now published a revised form. If you have already downloaded the previous form, please disregard it and use the current version, which is available below.

Return of candidate spending for the Northern Ireland local government elections (PDF)  

Guidance for UK Parliamentary general election

Our guidance for political parties and candidates in Northern Ireland thinking about contesting the UK Parliamentary general election in 2015 is now available.

Our guidance covers the rules on donations, spending limits, and when the rules apply.

View our guidance for political parties

View our guidance for candidates

View our guidance for non-party campaigners 

Contact us

Contact details for our Northern Ireland office are available on our contact us page

Northern Ireland