Election Timetables
Introduction
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Derived from the Electoral Commission's best practice guide for local authority electoral administrators.   This information was correct at 24 December 2002

Relevant laws

Representation of the People Act 1983
RPA1983
Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986

Local Elections (Principal Areas) Rules 1986

European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999

Greater London Authority Elections (No. 2) Rules 2000

Representation of the People Regulations 2001
RPR 2001
Postal votes, amendments, cancellations
RPR 2001, regulation 56
Clerical errors
RPA1983, section 13B
Election agent
RPA1983, section 67(1)
Replacement ballot papers
RPR2001, regulations 77 & 78
Election expenses
RPA1983, section 81
Abbreviations

ERO
Electoral Registration Officer
PER
Parliamentary Election Rules
RPA 1983, Schedule 1
Deadlines - general information

With the exception of United Kingdom Parliamentary elections, the timetables are calculated retrospectively from Election Day (Day 0).

Some deadlines are not defined by legislation. They are chosen by the Returning Officer, for example:

When no specific time is specified as the deadline (e.g. noon or 5 p.m.) the deadline is midnight on that day, meaning 23:59 hours.

Calculating the days

Days before Election Day are always working days meaning Mondays to Fridays. Weekends and holidays are excluded. Days after Election Day include weekends and holidays. The excluded pre-election days are called dies non.

The counting of votes can be refused on dies non days. However this does NOT apply to European Union elections.

Dies non days are:

Type of Election & Applicable Legislation

Borough Council
County Council
District Counci
London Borough
Unitary Authority
Local Elections (Principal Areas) Rules 1986.
These councils are often called 'Principal Areas' in the legislation

Community Council
 
Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986.
Same timetable as borough elections, except for expenses

Greater London Authority
 
Greater London Authority Elections (No. 2) Rules 2000, Rule 3.
Same timetable as borough elections

UK Parliamentary
Representation of the People Act 1983, Schedule 1

European Parliamentary
 
Representation of the People Act 1983, Schedule 1, as amended by the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999
25 December 2002  •  Contact