Guidance on how to comply with the rules

We have published our guidance for the Northern Ireland Assembly election on 5 May 2022.

The regulated period for parties starts on 5 January 2022 and ends on polling day, 5 May 2022.

There are rules that control spending by political parties during regulated periods. This page also contains guidance on how to comply with the rules, including the forms that you need.

Situations and Procedures

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2022


Party campaign spending

This part covers:

  • The types of election spending
  • The regulated period
  • What campaign spending is
  • Managing campaign spending
  • Splitting campaign spending
  • Recording and reporting spending
Expert paper

Splitting campaign spending

This part covers:

  • The basics and the guiding principle
  • Splitting spending in practice
Situations & procedures

Hustings events

This part covers:

  • An introduction to hustings
  • What rules apply
  • Holding hustings events
  • Candidates involved in hustings events

Are you holding a hustings?