Scottish Parliament - Elections

Elections

Election results by political group, 1999 to 2011. Left to right;
Labour Liberal Democrats Independent SSCUP SSP Greens Conservative SNP

There have been four elections to the Parliament, in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

The next election is due to be held on 5 May 2016. This will be five years (not the usual four) after the previous election date, an option which has been authorised to avoid a clash of dates with elections to the Parliament of the United Kingdom in London. The original clash went unnoticed by UK Conservative and Liberal Democrats during negotiations establishing the UK coalition government.

As with all elections in the UK, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens are entitled to vote. Unlike elections to the Westminster parliament, citizens of other non-Commonwealth EU member states who are resident in Scotland are entitled to vote in elections to the Scottish Parliament. Overseas electors on Scottish electoral registers are not allowed to vote in Scottish Parliament elections.

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