Election Timetable
United Kingdom Parliamentary
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Unlike other UK elections, the timetable for UK Parliamentary Elections does not count-down to the election day, Day 0.   Instead it calculates forwards starting on Day 0 and ending with an election on Day 17.  The calculations exclude the usual non-working days.

To make it more complicated some statutory deadlines, for example postal voting, are calculated backwards from the election day.

Day
Proclamation for a new Parliament; Dissolution of Parliament; Issuing the Writ

0

-17
Receipt of the Writ

+1

-16
Notice of Election. To be published before 16:00 hours

+3

-14
Submission of nomination papers starting on the day after the Notice of Election was published and only between 10:00 hours and 16:00 hours

+4

-13
Deadline for submission of of nomination papers:  16:00 hours

+6

-11
Deadline for withdrawals:  16:00 hours

+6

-11
Deadline to appoint election agents:  16:00 hours

+6

-11
Objections to nominations: 10:00 hours to 12:00 hours but can be extended to 17:00 hours

+6

-11
Publication of Nominations (including Notice of Poll) and List of Polling Stations: 16:00 hours

+6

-11
Deadline for changes and cancellations of postal and proxy votes: 17:00 hours

+6

-11
Deadline for new postal and proxy votes: 17:00 hours

+11

-6
Deadline for register alterations (clerical errors and court decisions)

+12

-5
Start of replacement postal ballot papers  RPR 2001, Regulation 78

+14

-3
Deadline for counting and polling agents

+15

-2
Deadline for replacement spoilt or lost postal ballot papers: 17:00 hours

+16

-1
Election Day   07:00 - 22:00 hours

+17

0
Deadline for election expenses (assuming the Result is declared after midnight). 
This is 5 ordinary weeks including weekends and holidays.

+53

+36
Parliamentary Casual Vacancies

The General Election Timetable (shown above) applies with these changes decided by the Returning Officer:

  • Deadline for submitting nominations (between Day +6 and Day +8)
  • Election Day (between the above Nomination deadline +9 days and the Nomination deadline +11 days)
25 December 2002  •  Contact