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The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Council elections in Scotland

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering council elections in Scotland held on 4 May 2017.

If you want to download emblems for political parties, visit our online database.

If you have questions about the guidance, or changes in legislation, please contact the Commission team at the Scotland Office.

Part C

Administering the poll

This part covers:

  • The nomination period (including access to the register by candidates, spending limits and the nominations process)
  • The production of notices, poll cards and ballot papers
  • Polling station voting

Part C: Administering the poll (PDF)

Part D

Absent voting

This part covers:

  • The absent voting timetable
  • Proxy voting
  • Preparations for absent voting processes and the production of stationery
  • Procedures for the issue, receipt and opening of postal votes

Part D: Absent voting (PDF)

Part E

Verifying and counting the votes

This part covers:

  • The principles for an effective verification and count
  • Preparations for the count
  • Managing the verification and count
  • Verification and count procedures

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes (PDF)

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