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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.

Candidate information seminars

The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland is running a number of information sessions across Northern Ireland for candidates at the upcoming European Parliamentary and local council elections. The seminars will provide important information on how to become a candidate, the rules on campaign spending and entitlement to use freepost for campaign literature.

There will be presentations from the Electoral Office, the Electoral Commission and Royal Mail. 

Local council elections

For candidates at the local council elections the seminars will take place on:

Monday 31 March (7–9pm) – Belfast City Hall

Tuesday 8 April (7–9pm) – Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry (Whittaker Suite)

Thursday 10 April (7–9pm) – Craigavon Borough Council Headquarters (Room Lakeview 1)

European Parliamentary elections 

A separate seminar for candidates at the European Parliamentary election will take place on:

Monday 7 April (12–2pm) – EONI Headquarters, St. Anne's House, Church Street, Belfast

For more information contact the Electoral Office on 028 9044 6688 or email info@eoni.org.uk

Changes to confidentiality rules on donations and loans in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2013 is currently being debated in the UK Parliament. If it receives Royal Assent it will change the rules on confidentiality of donations and loans to Northern Ireland regulated donees and political parties. For more information please see our factsheet:

Changes to the confidentiality rules on donations and loans to Northern Ireland regulated donees and political parties (PDF)

Guidance for European Parliamentary elections and UK Parliamentary general election

Our guidance for political parties and candidates in Northern Ireland thinking about contesting the European Parliamentary elections in 2014 and/or the UK Parliamentary general election in 2015 is now available, as well as specific guidance for non-party campaigners at the 2014 European Parliamentary elections. 

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