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European Parliamentary elections (Great Britain)

We have published our guidance for the European Parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on 23 May 2019.

The elections will take place in other EU Member States between Thursday 23 and Sunday 26 May 2019.

This page contains our guidance and resources on how to comply with the rules in Great Britain.

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections. Read the Overview (PDF)

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant deadlines. View the election timetable (DOC).

If you are a candidate or agent in Northern Ireland please see Guidance for candidates and agents at European Parliamentary elections in Northern Ireland.

Part 2a

Standing as an individual candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting nomination papers
  • Paying the deposit
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing an election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2a: Standing as an individual candidate (PDF)

Part 2b

Standing as a candidate included on a party list

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Paying the deposit
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2b: Standing as a party candidate (PDF)

Part 3

Spending and donations for individual candidates

This part covers:

  • How much you can spend
  • The activities covered by the rules
  • Which donations you can accept
  • How to check donations you receive
  • What information needs to be recorded and reported

Part 3: Spending and donations for individual candidates (2019) (PDF)

Part 4

The campaign

This part covers:

  • Campaigning dos and don'ts
  • Using the electoral register and absent voters' lists
  • Using schools and rooms for public meetings
  • Freepost on one election communication
  • Imprints on campaign publicity material
  • Polling day dos and don'ts
  • Reporting allegations of electoral malpractice

Part 4: The campaign (PDF)

Part 5

Your right to attend key electoral events

This part covers:

  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and the collation of local totals and what to expect at these proceedings

Part 5: Your right to attend key electoral events (PDF)

Part 6

After the declaration of results

This part covers:

  • Making the declaration of acceptance of office
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Questioning the result through an election petition

Part 6: After the declaration of results (PDF)

Candidate or agent