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Performance standards for Returning Officers

On this page you will find our annual assessments of performance by Returning Officers (ROs) in Great Britain.

Our reports assess how Returning Officers are performing in delivering well-run elections.

Below you can find more information on:

  • the performance standards framework for ROs
  • our reports on performance of ROs
  • data submitted by ROs to support their assessment

New performance standards for ROs

Building on the lessons we have learned from monitoring the performance of ROs over the last five years and taking account of the feedback we have received, we have now developed a new performance standards framework for ROs (including those with a power of direction such as Regional Returning Officers).

Our framework aims to support ROs in delivering a consistent high-quality service for voters and those standing for election.

Find out more information about our performance standards for ROs (November 2013) (PDF)

Alongside the new standards, we also published a paper which sets out our response to the points raised during the consultation on the proposed new performance standards and shows how we have changed the standards as part of that response.

Read our response to consultation on the proposed new performance standards (November 2013) (PDF)

Reports and data

May 2015

Our assessment of performance of Returning Officers at the May 2015 polls. 

May 2013

Our report on the administration of the 2 May 2013 elections contains a summary of RO performance against the standards.

November 2012

Our report on the administration of the 15 November 2012 elections contains a summary of LRO performance against the standards:

May 2012

Our reports on the administration of the 3 May 2012 elections contain a summary of ROs' performance against the standards.

2010

On 15 March 2010 we asked all (Acting) Returning Officers ((A)ROs) at the UK general election to report against the performance standards for Returning Officers.

Our report on the administration of the 2010 UK general election contain a summary of ROs' performance against the standards.

2009

Performance standards