THE 2019 General Election is fast approaching, so who are the candidates in the running and how can you find out who is standing in your constituency?
Here is everything you need to know about who you can vote for and how to find your nearest polling station on December 12.
On November 6, MPs lost their status and started campaigning for re-election.
According to Electoral Commission rules, nomination papers must be submitted by all prospective candidates before 4pm on the 19th working day before the election – Thursday November 14.
A list of the candidates who are standing across all 650 constituencies are also referred to as "Statement of Persons Nominated".
Who's standing in my area and what's my constituency?
Official election information for your area can be found at the Electoral Commission website.
It tells you which council ward you live in, with a list of all the people standing for election and which party they represent.
It does not say what their policies are or tell you who to vote for. That is up to you to decide.
Additional information about candidates in each constituency can be found online on the independent website Who Can I Vote For?.
You can check which constituency you're in on the official government website.
What are the key dates running up to the General Election?
- November 6: Parliament dissolves
- November 14: Deadline for candidate nominations
- Week of November 18: Likely launch of party manifestos
- November 19: Leaders' debate on ITV
- November 21: Deadline to apply for postal vote in Northern Ireland
- November 26: Deadline to apply for postal vote in England, Scotland and Wales
- November 26: Deadline to register to vote
- November 29: Seven party leaders' debate on BBC
- December 4: Deadline for applications by proxy
- December 6: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn head-to-head on BBC
- December 12: General Election – polls open at 7am and close at 10pm
Where is my nearest polling station and what time is it open?
If you are registered to vote you should have received a polling card in the post.
The card tells you the address of your nearest polling station, usually with a map.
You cannot vote at a different polling station so it is worthwhile checking in case your nearest has moved since the last election.
If you have lost your polling card, don't worry – you can still vote without it.
Your local council will be able to tell you where to go to cast your ballot.
And the Your Vote Matters website also tells you the address of your polling station if you enter your postcode.
At the polling booth, carefully check the guidance on how to fill in the ballot paper (or papers if there is also a mayoral contest).
In some districts you may be allowed to vote for more than one candidate, but if you choose too many your vote may not be counted.
Polling station staff can help if you are unsure, but will only advise on how to vote – not who to vote for.
If you are registered for a postal vote but forgot to send it in time, it is not too late – you can take the postal form to a polling station or the town hall.
Why did Boris Johnson call an election?
The Prime Minister had vowed to push for an election if the EU granted a three-month extension for his Brexit bill.
Mr Johnson sent a letter to the EU requesting a delay until January 31 after he was compelled to do so when the Benn Act was passed MPs on October 19.
On October 28, the EU granted the UK's request for a "flextension" until January 31, 2020.
The UK can leave before that date if Mr Johnson's deal is passed in Parliament.
Parliament shut down on November 6 meaning every seat in the House of Commons has become vacant with those wishing to remain as MPs having to stand in the upcoming election.
You can also follow our live blog for all the latest General Election 2019 news and Brexit updates….
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