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Scottish Elections (Dates) Act 2016

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3.The Act provides for a change to the date of the Scottish Parliament general election that would otherwise be held on 7 May 2020 to 6 May 2021 so that it does not coincide with the UK Parliament general election scheduled for 7 May 2020. It also provides for a change to the date of the Scottish local government elections due to be held on 6 May 2021 to 5 May 2022, so that they do not coincide with the new date of the Scottish Parliament general election.

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