Candidate Handbook

Please note this guidance was last updated for the 2014 General Election.  The Electoral Commission is currently in the process of updating this guidance for the 2017 General Election. 

The Electoral Commission has prepared this information to explain your rights and obligations as a candidate in a general election.

Rules are in force for candidate election advertising, expenditure, and donations.   Please study these requirements carefully before undertaking any advertising or accepting any donations for your campaign.

This information is a general guide and reflects the Electoral Commission’s interpretation of the law and how it intends to apply the law.  The Electoral Commission welcomes the opportunity to discuss any areas that require clarification.

This information does not cover every aspect of electoral law and procedure.  For further information, you should consult the Electoral Act 1993, the Electoral Regulations 1996, your party organisation, or seek legal advice.  The Electoral Commission is also happy to discuss any specific questions that you have.


Last updated: 23 March 2017