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European Parliamentary elections (Great Britain)

We have published our guidance for the European Parliamentary elections.

While currently these elections are not due to take place in the UK, this guidance advises parties, candidates and campaigners on the rules should the elections go ahead.

The elections will take place in other EU Member States between Thursday 23 and Sunday 26 May 2019. For the purposes of this guidance, we have assumed that, should the elections go ahead in the UK, polling day would be Thursday 23 May.

This page contains our guidance and resources on how to comply with the rules on spending and donations for candidates and agents in Great Britain.

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 (2014) (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 (2014) (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 (2014) (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 (2014) (PDF)

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