Guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the Scottish Parliamentary election

We have issued supplementary guidance to support candidates and agents participating in polls during the coronavirus pandemic:

If you have any questions, please contact your local Commission team.

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections:

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant deadlines for the 6 May 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election which can be viewed here:

We have also produced a document for people who want to know the basics about elections, the roles of different organisations and where to find more information.

Access to Elected Office Fund

Inclusion Scotland run an Access to Elected Office Fund Scotland that provides financial assistance to disabled candidates standing for election to help with the extra costs they may incur as a result of their disability.

For more information about applying for a grant from the Access to Elected Office Fund Scotland, see Inclusion Scotland. 

Part 1

Can you stand for election?

This part covers:

  • Qualifications required to stand for election
  • Disqualifications
  • Being nominated in more than one area
Part 2a

Standing at the constituency election

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
Part 6

After the declaration of results

This part covers:

  • Making the declaration of acceptance of office
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Submitting your spending returns and declarations
  • Questioning the result through an election petition