Liberal Democrats

Internal Elections FAQ's

Frequently asked questions for the 2019 round of internal elections.

We will post new questions that deal with later stages as the election timetable progresses.

These FAQs are guidance and not a substitute for the Election Rules.

What is the election timetable?


The Federal Board Elections to the positions and committees as listed in Federal Board Standing Order 13 will be conducted to the following timetable.

Close of Nominations 5pm Monday 30th
September 2019.
Manifesto Deadline 5pm Monday 30th
September 2019.
Dispatch of ballots 26th October
Results announced 9th November

When is the close of nominations for the Federal Elections?


Nominations and manifestos must be received no later than 5pm Monday 30th September 2019.

Nomination papers can be sent in by email to

Nomination papers can also be sent in the post to: 

The Returning Officer (Federal)
Liberal Democrats, LDHQ
8-10 Great George Street

How many committees / positions can I stand for?


In this round of elections there is no specified limit on the number of positions or committees any member can stand for.

Is positive action being used in this round of elections?


The Equality Act 2010 permits positive action (sections 158 and 159).

“Positive action” means steps that can be taken to address the different needs or past track record of disadvantage or low participation of people who share a particular protected characteristic.

Positive action is not the same as “positive discrimination” or “affirmative action” which the Act does not permit.

Taking positive action is voluntary. By way of example, if the Party reasonably thinks that women suffer a disadvantage because of their sex, or their participation in an activity (for example sitting on Party Committees) is disproportionately low, the Party is permitted to take action with the aim of enabling or encouraging women to overcome or minimise that disadvantage or participate in Party Committees.

What are the artwork codes for each committee?

To submit my artwork to the Returning Officer, I need to add a code to indicate the election that it is for. What are the codes?


The codes are:

PE - Presidential Election

FB - Federal Board

FCC - Federal Conference Committee

FPC - Federal Policy Committee

FIRC - Federal International Relations Committee

ALDE - ALDE Council Delegation

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