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National Assembly for Wales elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering a National Assembly for Wales election.

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The National Assembly for Wales election taking place on 5 May 2016 will be combined with the Police and Crime Commissioner election and guidance is currently being updated.

If you have questions about the guidance please contact your local Commission team

Part A

Returning Officer role and responsibilities

This part covers:

  • How to use this guidance
  • The Returning Officer's role, responsibilities, skills and knowledge
  • Our performance standards for Returning Officers

Part A: Returning Officer role and responsibilities - combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part B

Planning and organisation

This part covers:

  • Planning (including the identification and training of staff, the selection and booking of venues and management of contractors and suppliers)
  • How to maintain the integrity of the election
  • Raising awareness
  • Access to proceedings by electoral observers and Commission representatives

Part B: Planning and organisation - combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part C

Administering the poll

This part covers:

  • The nomination period (including access to the register by candidates, spending limits and the nominations process)
  • The production of notices, poll cards and ballot papers
  • Polling station voting

Part C: Administering the poll - combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Click here to view resources for Part C: Administering the poll

Part D

Absent voting

This part covers:

  • The absent voting timetable
  • Proxy voting
  • Preparations for absent voting processes and the production of stationery
  • Procedures for the issue, receipt and opening of postal votes

Part D: Absent voting - combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part E

Verifying and counting the votes

This part covers:

  • The principles for an effective verification and count
  • Preparations for the count
  • Managing the verification and count
  • Verification and count procedures

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes - combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part F

After the declaration of result

This part covers:

  • Storage and disposal of documents
  • Post-election activities
  • Challenges to the result
  • Review of election procedures

Part F: After the declaration of result - combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

PAROs guidance

Guidance for Police Area Returning Officers

This part covers:

  • Police Area Returning Officer's role, responsibilities and knowledge
  • Our guidance and performance standards for Police Area Returning Officers

Planning guidance for Police Area Returning Officers (PDF)

Guidance for Police Area Returning Officers - Delivery of key processes (PDF)

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