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Scottish council elections

Polling stations for council elections that took place on Thursday 4 May are now closed.


Candidates and agents

We issue full guidance to individuals planning to stand at local government elections and their election agents. This guidance covers:

  • the qualifications and disqualifications for standing for election
  • how to stand for election
  • how much you can spend
  • the rules on candidate spending
  • the rules on donations
  • campaigning dos and don'ts
  • what you can expect to see at a number of electoral proceedings
  • what happens after the elections

View our guidance for candidates and agents at Scottish council elections

If you have any questions about the non-financial aspects of our guidance, please contact your local Commission office.

If your question is about spending or donations, please contact us on 0333 103 1928 or at pef@electoralcommission.org.uk.


Electoral administrators

Our guidance for those running Scottish council elections covers:

  • the role and responsibilities of the Returning Officer
  • planning and organisation
  • administering the poll
  • administering absent voting
  • verifying and counting the votes
  • what happens after the election

View our guidance for electoral administrators running Scottish council elections

If you have any questions about the guidance, contact your local Commission office.

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