Guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering a Scottish Parliamentary election

Nid yw’r dudalen hon yn berthnasol i Gymru, ac felly nid yw ar gael yn Gymraeg. Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau ynghylch ein Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg, cysylltwch ag Ymgynghorydd yr Iaith Gymraeg

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Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls on 5 May 2016. If you have any questions, please contact your local Commission team.

Part 1

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 2

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 3

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