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: 

Timetable for the Scottish Parliamentary election: 

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Access to Elected Office Fund


Inclusion Scotland run an Access to Elected Office Fund Scotland that provides financial assistance to disabled candidates standing for election to help with the extra costs they may incur as a result of their disability.

For more information about applying for a grant from the Access to Elected Office Fund Scotland, see Inclusion Scotland.

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 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