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Thursday, 7 June, 2001, 00:08 GMT 01:08 UK

Voting System


Who can vote?
Most people in the UK know that you have to be 18 to vote, but simply being an adult is not the only qualification.
How to vote
Postal and proxy voting
First past the post
Candidates do not need to get a majority of the votes cast, just more than anyone else.
PR: Don't hold your breath
Election timetable
The count
Who can be a candidate?
Not everyone is eligible to stand for parliament in the United Kingdom, though candidates do not even have to be British citizens.
Rules for candidates
Party spending limits
Candidate selection
Media coverage
The style of election coverage in the UK has traditionally been split between newspapers and the broadcasters.
Party election broadcasts
The fourth estate's vote
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