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

After formally determining a nomination paper

Once you have decided that a nomination is valid, it cannot be challenged during the election, although it may be challenged after the election through an election petition.1
If you have made a formal determination but then, as a result of an objection, later decide that the nomination should in fact have been determined as invalid, you can make a further determination to this effect.

If you determine a nomination to be invalid, you must:

  • state this on the nomination form
  • write the reasons for rejection on the form
  • sign the form
  • contact the candidate and agent as soon as possible so that they may have the opportunity, wherever possible, to submit another nomination form before the close of nominations2  
Last updated: 19 December 2023