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Welcome to the Press Association Elections website

May 2016 elections

Information about the Press Association's coverage of nominations and results in the elections set for May 5 is contained in advisories for customers on this website.

See Message specifications for information on PA's elections messages in XML format for digital products as well as a guide to those in plain text (TTY) and data format on the wire.

Event overview: Results are expected to start coming in for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and English council elections from late on Thursday May 5 after the polls close at 2200. These will continue overnight and into the day on Friday May 6. The results of Commons by-elections at Ogmore and Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough are due in the early hours.All the results from Scotland and Wales may be in by lunchtime but it could be much later if there are delays at counts. Results from the Northern Ireland Assembly, London Assembly and police and crime commissioner elections are expected to start coming in during the Friday afternoon and will continue into the night. The London Mayor result is expected late on the Friday night. Northern Ireland Assembly results are expected to continue to come in on Saturday May 7 through until late that night. A few council results are due during the day on Saturday and on Sunday May 8. Police commissioner results from Wales are expected on the Sunday.

Estimated declaration times for Scotland, Wales and the English councils are available here.

EU in-out referendum

A referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU or remain within it will take place on Thursday June 23.

See the EU in-out referendum advisory for details of PA's results coverage for this poll.

See the referendum test programme for information on PA's test coverage.


Contact Roger Smith on the PA Elections Desk on 020 7963 7992 or Customer Services on 01430 455337. Alternatively use the e-mail form on the Contact us page.

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