Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) gives people the right to request information from public authorities. It is intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public sector bodies, and therefore facilitate better public understanding as to how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do, and how they spend public money.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came fully into force on 1 January 2005. Further information is available from the NI Direct website.

The office of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland is one of the public bodies covered by the terms of the Act.

The Publication Scheme

The Publication Scheme lists details of the various classes of information available from the Electoral Office. Most of the information is available free of charge (apart from the Electoral Register), although there may be a charge to cover the cost of printing and postage for information provided in paper format.

Making a request for information

Any request for information must be made in writing (including e-mail). It must also relate to information that we already hold. Requests will normally be processed within 20 working days. A request may take longer to process during an election period or if we require clarification about the information requested, and we will inform the applicant if this is the case. 

Applications can be made by email to or by post to:

Information Officer
Electoral Office for Northern Ireland
2nd Floor, St Anne’s House
15 Church Street