Referendum and Election Guidance Advice

All elections (including by-elections) and referendums have some impact on how civil servants and staff in public bodies go about their work. The extent of this impact - and the precise protocols which officials are required to follow - vary depending on the type of election or referendum.

At all times, civil servants must follow the Civil Service Code principles of objectivity and impartiality. Particular consideration should be given to these requirements during pre-election or pre-referendum periods. Ahead of any election or referendum, staff should take the time to familiarise themselves with the appropriate guidance.

Guidance ahead of the referendum

Restrictions on government activity in the 28 days before the independence referendum

The referendum on Scottish independence will be held on September 18, 2014. Guidance has now been published on the restrictions which apply to government activity in the 28 days before the independence referendum. The guidance is in effect from Friday, August 22 until September 18.

This guidance applies to all staff working in the Scottish Government, its agencies, national devolved public bodies and public bodies with both devolved and reserved functions, board members of public bodies, and staff from the Scottish Government and its agencies who are on secondment to other bodies.

28 day guidance docuemtn

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