Non-party campaigner: 2019 elections


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.

The regulated period for political parties and non-party campaigners will extend back to 23 January 2019.

EPE update

On 10 April 2019 an order came into force that the European Parliamentary elections will take place in the UK on 23 May 2019.

If you are an individual or organisation that spends money campaigning in the run-up to the EPEs, but do not stand as a political party or as a candidate, then you may need to register as a non-party campaigner.

You must register as non-party campaigner with us if you spend, or plan to spend, more than £20,000 in England or £10,000 in any of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland on ‘regulated campaign activity’ during a regulated period. During the regulated period there are rules about how much non-party campaigners can spend on ‘regulated campaign activity’.

For the 2019 European Parliamentary elections (EPEs), the regulated period began on 23 January 2019, and will end on polling day (i.e. 23 May). The regulated period applies retrospectively.

If you are unsure whether or not you have spent money on regulated campaign activity, then please refer to the guidance below. You can also get in touch with us if you have questions.

Whilst we process all registration applications as quickly as possible, undertaking our necessary assessment process means that a decision will not be granted immediately. If we have all of the information we need, it usually takes on average about a week to receive a decision. You should ensure that you lodge your application with us in good time for us to undertake this assessment before you spend over the registration threshold.

Links to further guidance on the requirements for registering as a NPC ahead of the EPEs, as well as the spending rules, can be found below.

Situations and procedures

European Parliamentary election 2019

This part covers:

  • rules for non-party campaigners at the European parliamentary elections 23 May 2019

Situations & Procedures: European Parliamentary election 2019 (PDF)

Non-party campaigner FAQs on election spending 2019

Situation and procedures

Registering with us

This part covers:

  • who can register as a non-party campaigner
  • when you must register as a non-party campaigner
  • how to apply to register
  • what happens after registration

Situations & Procedures: Registering with us (PDF)

Situations & procedures

Managing campaign spending

Situations & procedures

Donations to non-party campaigners