UK General Election 2005

timetable  Election timetable

A General Election will be held on Thursday 5th May

1st December:Publication of the electoral register
11th March:Deadline for final application under rolling registration
16th March:Budget Day
31st March:Cabinet session expected to discuss the election
5th April:PM goes to the Queen and asks for a dissolution of Parliament
Election announced for 5th May
6th April:Last PM's Question Time
8th April:Funeral of Pope John Paul II
Parliament will not sit
9th April:Marriage of Prince Charles
11th April:Issue of writ for the election. Formal dissolution of Parliament. MPs lose their title of 'MP'
LibDem Leader's first baby expected
12th April:LibDem Leader's baby born
14th April:Nominations commence
18th April:Start of Papal Conclave
19th April:Deadlines for:-
  • nominations
  • withdrawal of candidates
  • appointment of agents
  • making objections
  • publication of names of candidates
  • receipt of changes to postal votes and proxy votes
New Pope elected
26th April:Deadline for receipt of late postal and proxy vote applications
27th April:Final Issue of postal/proxy votes and proxy poll cards
Last day to make alterations to the register
28th April:First day to apply for replacement postal vote
Televised 'debate' between the party leaders on Question Time
30th April:Election in Staffordshire South postponed owing to death of LibDem candidate
1st May:Party leaders answer questions on networked radio show
3rd May:Deadline for appointment of polling and counting officers
4th May:Deadline for application of replacement postal vote
5th May:Election Day (hours of poll 7 am to 10 pm)
Counting the vote commences at 10 pm
11th May:New Parliament assembles
17th May:State opening of Parliament
10th June:Candidates file election expenses

Based in part on the Electoral Commission's Election Planner

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Last Modified: 22 Oct 12