Guidance for (Acting) Returning Officers administering a UK Parliamentary election in Great Britain

After the election

This guidance is designed to support you with the activities you are required to complete after the declaration of the result. 

You will find guidance on the immediate actions you need to take with regard to giving formal notice of the result and return of the writ, guidance to support you in managing the storage and retention of election documents as well as information on access and supply.

We have included contact information in relation to accounting for the election, details about the collection of candidates’ election spending returns, and the actions required with that process. 

Finally this guidance includes information about challenges to the election result and the petition process. 

As there are some differences in the role of the RO and ERO between England, Scotland and Wales, these are highlighted as appropriate throughout this section of the guidance.

Last updated: 19 December 2023