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

Planning for communication activity

As RO, it is part of your role to ensure that everyone who wants to participate in the election is able to access clear information to enable them to do so. 

This section contains guidance to support the development of your plans for communicating with a range of audiences in advance of and during the election period. 

It includes guidance on public awareness activities to both encourage participation and to ensure that electors have the information they need in advance of polling day to assist them in ensuring they know what they need to do to vote.

It also contains guidance on planning your engagement with candidates and agents to support their participation in the election. Early engagement is key to ensuring everyone has a good understanding the requirements of candidature, and resulting obligations during an election. 

Finally, it contains guidance to support your plan for communicating with the media and other stakeholders.

General guidance for EROs on working with partners is contained in our guidance for EROs.

Last updated: 19 December 2023