1. The Election Period
1.1 The Election Period and when the Election Guidelines and Appendices (“the Guidelines”) come into effect
For the elections taking place on 4th May 2017, the election periods do not all begin on the same day. These guidelines take effect from the first day of the earliest election period for UK-wide output, which is
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 00.01
but where the variations may have specific relevance, detailed advice is available from the Chief Adviser, Politics.
The start of the Election period for each election is as follows:
Scottish Local Government: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
English Local government: Monday 27th March 2017
The Guidelines remain in effect for all elections until the close of polls at 22.00 on Thursday 4th May.
There is no formal distinction during the election periods between the days before and after the close of nominations. The close of nominations in different elections also falls on different days – 29th March in Scotland, 4th April for all elections in Wales and England.
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