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.
UK General Election 2015: Guidance on conduct for Scottish Government civil servants
The Scottish Government's 2015 UK General Election Guidance will apply between the dissolution of the UK Parliament on March 30 and polling day on May 7. The guidance covers Scottish Government civil servants working in the Scottish Government and its agencies, and to staff and members of national devolved public bodies. It is consistent with guidance given to staff in UK Departments during Scottish Parliamentary election periods.