UK Parliamentary General Election

Election timetable

In accordance with the Fixed Term Parliamentary Act 2011, UK Parliamentary General Elections are held every 5 years.  As the last General Election was held in 2017, the next scheduled General Election is due to be held on 5 May 2022.  However, a General Election can be called at short notice and be held at any time before May 2022.

Here is a generic election timetable for a UK Parliamentary General Election if it is not held on the same date as another election.


Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight)


Dissolution of Parliament

25 days


Receipt of writ

24 days


Publication of notice of election

Not later than 22 days (4pm)


Delivery of nomination papers

Between 10am and 4pm on any working day after the publication of the notice of election until 4pm on the sixth day after the date of dissolution

Click here to download a nomination pack

Click here to download an electoral register request form

Click here to download a postal and proxy voter list request form


Deadline for delivery of nomination papers

19 days (4pm)


Deadline for withdrawals of nomination

19 days (4pm)

Click here to download a withdrawal of nomination form

Making objections to nomination papers


(except for objections on the grounds that an individual candidate may be disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1981 – see Commission guidance)

On 19 days (10am to 5pm), subject to the following:


Between 10am and 12 noon objections can be made to all delivered nominations


Between 12 noon and 5pm objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm, 20 days before the poll


Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent

19 days (4pm)


Publication of statement of persons nominated, including notice of poll and situation of polling stations

If no objections: on 19 days (at 5pm)


If objection(s) are made: Not before objection(s) are disposed of but not later than 18 days (4pm)


Publication of first interim election notice of alteration

On 19 days


Deadline for receiving applications for registration

12 days

Click here to register to vote

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

11 days (5pm)

Click here to download a postal vote application form

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

6 days (5pm)



Click here for more information on proxy voting

Publication of second interim election notice of alteration

Between 18 days and 6 days


Publication of final election notice of alteration

5 days


Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents

5 days

Click here to download a polling agent appointment form

Click here to download a counting agent appointment form

First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes

4 days


Deadline for notification of appointment of sub agents

2 days


Polling day


0 (7am to 10pm)


Last time for re-issue of spoilt or lost postal votes

0 (5pm)


Deadline for emergency proxy applications

0 (5pm)

Click here for more information on applying for an emergency proxy vote

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

0 (9pm)


Delivery of return as to election expenses

Within 35 calendar days after the date the election result is declared

Click here to download candidate spending return form

Click here to download candidate declaration form

Click here to download agent declaration form


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