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UK Parliamentary elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for (Acting) Returning Officers administering a UK Parliamentary election in Great Britain on 7 May 2015. You will also find our guidance and resources for those administering a combined UK Parliamentary and local government election in England on 7 May 2015.

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Please note: guidance on this page is only applicable to Great Britain. It does not cover elections in Northern Ireland.

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: (Acting) Returning Officer role and responsibilities - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part A: (Acting) Returning Officer role and responsibilities - combined UK Parliamentary and local elections in England (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 - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part B: Planning and organisation - combined UK Parliamentary and local elections in England (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 - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part C: Administering the polls - combined UK Parliamentary and local elections in England (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 - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part D: Absent voting - combined UK Parliamentary and local elections in England (PDF)

Part E

Verifying and counting the votes

This part covers:

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

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes - combined UK Parliamentary and local elections in England (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 - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part F: After the declaration of results - combined UK Parliamentary and local elections in England (PDF)

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