Election Timetable

The timetable contains the statutory deadlines as set out in the election rules and also reflects the directions issued by the Convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland.

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Election Timetable
EventWorking days before poll (deadline if not midnight)Date

Publication of notice of election

Not earlier than the thirty-fifth day before the date of the poll and not later than the twenty-eighth day before the date of the poll

 

Monday 14 March

Dispatch of poll cards to electors

As soon as practicable after the issue of notice of poll

Between Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 March

Delivery of nomination papers

Not later than 4pm on any working day from the day after the publication of notice of election until 4pm on the twenty-third day

Not later than 4pm on any working day after the publication of the notice of election until 4pm on Wednesday 30 March

Deadline for withdrawals of nomination

23 days (4pm)

4pm on Wednesday 30 March

Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agents

23 days (4pm)

4pm on Wednesday 30 March

Publication of notice of poll, including situation of polling stations

As soon as practicable after the deadline for withdrawals

As soon as practicable after 4pm on Wednesday 30 March

Publication of the first interim notice of alteration

23 days

Wednesday 30 March

Publication of the second interim notice of alteration

Between 22 days and 6 days

Friday 8 April

 

First dispatch of postal ballot packs

 

Between Thursday 14 and Tuesday 19 April

Deadline for receiving applications for registration

12 days

Monday 18 April

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes

11 days (5pm)

5pm on Tuesday 19 April

Deadline for new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)

6 days (5pm)

5pm on Tuesday 26 April

Final dispatch of postal ballot packs

 

 

Tuesday 26 April

Publication of final election notice of alteration

5 days

Wednesday 27 April

Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents

5 days

Wednesday 27 April

POLLING DAY

0 (7am to 10pm)

7am to 10pm on

Thursday 5 May

Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for a lost and spoilt postal vote

0 (10pm)

 

10pm on Thursday 5 May

Deadline for emergency proxy applications

0 (5pm)

5pm on Thursday 5 May

Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal

0 (9pm)

9pm on Thursday 5 May

Verification and count

 

Friday 6 May

First ballot boxes are opened after 8am and not later than 9.30am

Latest day for candidates to receive their invoices

21 calendar days

If result is declared:

  • 6 May it is 27 May
  • 7 May it is 30 May*

Latest day for candidates to pay their invoices

28 calendar days

If the result is declared:

  • 6 May it is 6 June
  • 7 May it is 6 June

Latest date for candidates to submit their return and agent declaration

35 calendar days

If the result is declared:

  • 6 May it is 10 June
  • 7 May it is 13 June*

Sending postal vote identifier rejection notices

Within 3 months beginning with the date of poll

By Thursday 4 August

*Although these deadlines are calculated on calendar days, the deadline cannot fall on a dies-non. The deadline will in that case be the next working day.  

Page last updated: 18/02/2022
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