Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill


About the Bill

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to enfranchise certain persons in respect of Scottish parliamentary and local government elections; to extend to certain persons the right to vote at, stand for election at, and hold office as elected members following, Scottish parliamentary and local government elections; and for connected purposes.

Read the Bill and accompanying documents

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, on 20 June 2019.

Stage 1

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee has been designated the lead Committee for this Bill. 


The Committee launched its call for views on Monday 1 July 2019, the deadline for responses was 6 September 2019.

Read the call for written evidence

Read the news release

Read the written submissions

The Committee will take oral evidence on the Bill in September and October 2019

Read the meeting papers and official reports



The Committee published its Stage 1 Report on 13 November 2019

The Committee published a report on the The Representation of the People Act 1983 Remedial (Scotland) Order 2019 on 14 November 2019

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