Important update about our postal arrangements

Our London office at 3 Bunhill Row is undergoing refurbishment currently and is closed completely. All Commission staff at all of our offices are also working remotely under the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Until that work is completed, we cannot receive any correspondence or applications, or process any payments, sent to our London office. Please do not send anything to us by post.

We urge strongly that applications and statutory returns are delivered either via our PEF Online system or scanned and emailed to pef@electoralcommission.org.uk only.


Party registration applications ahead of the 2021 May Polls

Because of the short time until the deadline for delivering nominations, we are unlikely to grant applications submitted now to register a new political party, amend a name for an existing party, amend or add an emblem, or to add a description for use on ballot papers at the elections taking place on 6 May 2021. We advised parties to make sure that applications were with us by Sunday 31 January 2021. You can find more information about registering and maintaining your party on our website

Application to substitute or remove a description
If we decide to grant an application to substitute or remove a description, and that decision is taken between:

  • the date of publication of the notice of election (including that date); and
  • polling day
then the change will not take effect until the day following the poll.

Please note that the notice of election must be published before:
  • Monday 22 March 2021 for the Greater London Authority and Mayor of London elections
  • Wednesday 24 March 2021 for Scottish Parliamentary elections
  • Monday 29 March 2021 for other polls taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Party/Campaigner User log-in

This site is restricted and confidential. By logging in you are agreeing to the site's usage terms and conditions set out here.

Please note this application will time out after a period of inactivity of 20 minutes. You are advised to save regularly using the "Save" buttons provided. 



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The PEF Online system provides a secure environment for the registration of political parties and campaigners at elections and referendums and the submission of their statutory returns.

If you are already registered as a party user and/or campaigner and you would like to start submitting your returns online, please see our guidance on getting started and complete the Nominate System Administrator form.

To register a new political party, non-party campaigner or referendum campaigner please click the Register now button below.