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

Notice of election

You must publish the notice of election for the constituency by not later than 4pm on the second working day following the receipt of the writ. The notice of election may be published on the same day that the writ is received and should be published as soon as practicable to allow the maximum time for nominations.1  

The notice of election must include the following:2  

  • the place and times at which nomination papers can be delivered, and at which nomination papers may be obtained 
  • the date of the poll if the election is contested
  • where you have decided to accept electronic payments, the arrangements for electronic payment of deposits
  • the date by which applications for absent votes (including emergency proxies) must reach the ERO in order to be effective for the election

The notice of election should also include the date by which applications for registration and Voter Authority Certificates or Anonymous Elector's Documents must reach the relevant ERO in order to be effective for the election.

The address given for the delivery of nomination papers should be exact, and include any room number. This will avoid any doubt should nominations be delivered close to the deadline. You should inform all reception staff at offices of the building and other connected buildings that they should not take receipt of nomination papers. 

We have developed a template notice of election that you can use:

Last updated: 19 December 2023