Guidance for Returning Officers administering Local Government Elections in England

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, 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. 

Last updated: 4 November 2022