Guidance for (Acting) Returning Officers administering a UK Parliamentary election in Great Britain

Delivery of multiple nomination forms

There is no limit to the number of nomination forms that may be delivered for the same candidate.

If a candidate is validly nominated by more than one form:

  • the candidate should choose one of the valid nomination forms – to be known as the 'selected' nomination form 
  • details on this selected nomination form should be added to the statement of persons nominated and the ballot paper 

If the candidate does not select a form, you must choose which one of the forms will be used.1  

A candidate may request that the details of their proposers, seconders and other subscribers for up to two more valid nomination forms be added to the statement of persons nominated. 

As such, the statement should have space to enable the names of up to 30 subscribers to be added if requested.

If more than one nomination form is delivered and one of the nomination papers is invalid:

  • the invalid form is excluded from those that can be chosen by the candidate or yourself as the selected form 
  • as long as at least one nomination form is valid, the candidate can be validly nominated

Signatures from subscribers on any delivered nomination form will count towards the maximum number they may subscribe.2 For more information see our guidance on the subscriber requirements

Last updated: 19 December 2023