Guidance and resources for administering the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union

Part 1

Counting Officer role and responsibilities

This part covers:

  • How to use this guidance
  • The Counting Officer's role, responsibilities, skills and knowledge
  • Our performance standards for Counting 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 production of notices, poll cards and ballot papers
  • Polling station voting
Part 6

After the declaration of result

This part covers:

  • Storage and disposal of documents
  • Post-election activities
  • Challenges to the result
  • Review of election procedures