Scottish Parliament Election 6 May 2021: polling place guidance

General guidance for candidates, election agents, polling agents and tellers

For the purpose of this guidance:

  • The polling place is the building used for polling. It includes the grounds and the walls, railings or fences surrounding the school or other building. Each polling place has between one and five polling stations.
  • The polling station is a room, hall or area in a polling place where polling takes place.
  • The Presiding Officer (PO) is responsible for a polling station within the polling place.
  • The Senior Presiding Officer (SPO) is responsible for the whole polling place where there is more than one polling station. The PO at station number 1 and will normally be appointed as the SPO and has additional duties to the PO duties.
  • The Single Station Presiding Officer (SSPO) is responsible for the polling place where there is only one polling station and has additional duties to the PO duties.

Who may be admitted to a polling station?

  • Voters
  • Candidates
  • The election agent of any candidate
  • The polling agents appointed to attend at the polling station (but no more than one can attend at the same time on behalf of the same candidate)
  • Police officers on duty
  • The companions of voters with disabilities
  • Persons under the age of 16 who accompany voters
  • The returning officer and members of his staff and
  • Representatives from the Electoral Commission and accredited observers.

No other person will be admitted.

Polling places

Download the notice of situation of polling places

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Edinburgh polling places