A General Election has been called for June 8, but aside from the campaigning and the poll itself, what else has to happen between now and then?
Here’s the exhaustive list of how the election will proceed, from the day the Queen calls for parliament to be dissolved right up to the day we all go to the polls to say who we want our next government to be.
May 3 – Proclamation of Summonsing new Parliament
Here’s how the Proclamation will go:
“On this day, the Queen decides she wants a new Parliament. Her proclamation goes something like this: “Whereas We, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, being desirous and resolved, as soon as may be, to meet Our People, and to have their Advice in Parliament, do publish this, Our Royal Proclamation, and do hereby make known to all Our loving Subjects Our Royal Will and Pleasure to call a new Parliament to be holden at Westminster on Monday the eighteenth day of May next: And We do hereby also, by this Our Royal Proclamation under Our Great Seal of Our Realm, require Writs to be issued by Our Chancellor of Great Britain for causing the Lords Spiritual and Temporal who are to serve in the said Parliament to give their Attendance in Our said Parliament on the said date.
“Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this third day of May in the Year of our Lord two thousand and seventeen and in the sixty-sixth year of Our Reign.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN”
On the same day, parliament is dissolved and a writ is issued calling for a new parliament to be formed through a general election.
May 4 – Writ Received
Writs are legal documents which authorise the holding of a general election or by-election. When Parliament is dissolved prior to a general election, writs are issued declaring that an election be held in each constituency.
The Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011 removed the power of the Monarch to issue these writs, making it instead a statutory responsibility of the Lord Chancellor and, for Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. For a by-election the writ is issued by the Speaker of the House of Commons.
May 8 – Publication of Notice of Election
On this day, exactly a month before the election will take place, notice is published that the election will take place.
May 11 – Publication of Notice of Poll
Three days after the notice of election is published, notice that a poll will take place is published.
Also on this day, all nominations for candidates must be received, and candidates who are withdrawing must make this known, election agents will be appointed, the statements of who has been nominated are published and the identities of election agents are also published.
May 22 – Last Date For Registration
Anyone who wants to vote needs to make sure they’re registered by this day, or they won’t be having a say on who the next government is.
May 23 – Receipt of Postal Vote Applications
Anyone who wants to vote by post rather than at a polling station needs to have registered by this day.
May 31 – Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications
Anyone who wants to have someone vote on their behalf for any of the following reasons: they’ll be away, they’ll be at work, they’ll be attending a course, they’re disabled, they’re living overseas, they’re serving overseas as a member of the armed forces, they’re a British Council employee or Crown servant (eg overseas civil service or diplomatic service) needs to register this by this day.
June 1 – Appointment of Poll and Count Agents
This is when the people who are going to be overseeing the polls and the following counts needs to be appointed by.
June 2 – First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers
Anyone who can’t find their postal ballot can get a replacement on this day.
June 8 – Election Day
Polls will be open from 7am to 10pm. On this day, emergency proxy vote applications and the issue of replacement spoilt or lost postal ballot papers will also take place.
June 9 – Result
In the early hours of June 9, we will find out who the next government will be.
Source : DailyPost