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

Code of conduct for campaigners

Following consultation with Returning Officers, police forces and political parties, the Commission has produced a Code of Conduct for campaigners at elections and referendums. The code applies to all campaigners and sets out agreed standards of appropriate behaviour before and during an election or referendum.

The Code also makes it clear that if an (A)RO considers it appropriate to address further specific local risks, and has consulted with the relevant national and local parties, we will support them in introducing additional local provisions which go beyond the terms of the nationally agreed code.

The Code also covers the requirement for photographic identification to be shown at polling stations. We consulted with the political parties that sit on the Westminster Parliamentary Parties Panel on this update to the code.

Postal vote handling

This guidance will be updated with the Postal Vote Handling measures from the Elections Act once the secondary legislation has been laid and processes finalised. We will confirm when this will be published via the EA Bulletin.

Last updated: 20 December 2023