25 Feb Test programme for May 2021
PA conducts extensive tests in advance of elections. The test programme in 2021 will focus on the polls scheduled for May 6.
Customers are urged to make use of the tests to ensure their systems are correctly set up to handle PA’s elections data.
Tests for the mayoral, police commissioner, London Assembly, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Parliament elections use fictitious candidate names and the results and figures will be randomised. The council election tests use fictitious figures with fairly random council control changes.
All test material is marked clearly as “PA Test” and the word “Test” appears in fictional candidate names.
Users of PA’s elections data in XML format for digital products, accessed via the FTP servers, should note that XML files from tests may be cleared from the test folders a while after the test but will be made available in downloadable zip files on the Example XML page in case still needed.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR XML USERS: The IDs of entities provided in the election tests are NOT the same as those provided in the real data, such as for parties. Please do NOT configure your system for a real election event using the IDs provided in the test data. THEY WILL NOT BE THE SAME. See the guidance at XML format
Note that tests may be: small = as few as a dozen test results for some if not all polls; medium = test results for about half the authorities/areas/constituencies in all polls; or full = test results for all authorities/areas/constituencies in all polls.
Tests will include recount messages (where provided), corrections and State of Parties statistics.
The provisional test programme will appear here shortly:
Thursday April 1, at 1600: Deadline for publication of London Mayor and Assembly and Scottish Parliament nominations
Thursday April 8: Deadline for publication of English council and mayoral, Welsh Parliament and Police and Crime Commissioner nominations
Thursday May 6: polling day
Live event: from 2200 on Thursday May 6 through to late Monday May 10, possibly Tuesday May 11.
The start and end of tests will be notified through alerts on PA Now, wire advisories and on twitter @pressassocpolls.
Dates and times are subject to change. Additional tests will take place as needed.
Customers MUST ensure all test data is cleared from their systems before polling day.