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Voting referendum confirmed

woman votingThe bill proposing holding a referendum on the system used to elect MPs to the House of Commons has now received Royal Assent. The UK-wide referendum will take place on 5 May 2011, alongside the elections already scheduled for that day.

Read more on 5 May 2011 polls
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2010 electoral malpractice report

Polling stationOur recent report on electoral malpractice cases in 2010 shows there is no evidence to date of any widespread, systematic attempts to undermine or interfere with the elections.

Read the full report (PDF)

Candidates standing for election

We have published our guidance for candidates and their agents on the process and requirements for standing at the 5 May elections. 

Guidance on standing for election

Forms for polls on 5 May 2011

We have published the forms required by electoral administrators to enable people to vote on 5 May. This includes PDF examples and style sheets to create the materials, and all wording.

Access the forms

Instructions and guidance for 5 May 2011

The Chief Counting Officer has issued instructions for running the UK referendum. We have also published our guidance for those administering elections scheduled for the same day. 

Access instructions and guidance

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