The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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EU referendum

On this page, you will find guidance and resources for administering the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

Part B

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 B: Planning and organisation (PDF)

Part D

Absent voting

This part covers:

  • The absent voting timetable
  • Proxy voting
  • Preparations for absent voting processes and the production of stationery
  • Procedures for the issue, receipt and opening of postal votes

Part D: Absent voting - Great Britain (PDF)

Part D: Absent voting - Northern Ireland (PDF)

Part E

Verifying and counting the votes

This part covers:

  • The principles for an effective verification and count
  • Preparations for the count
  • Verification and count procedures 

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes (PDF)

Part F

After the declaration of result

This part covers:

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

Part F: After the declaration of result (PDF)

Fees and Charges

Counting Officers’ Expenses Guidance

This part covers:

  • Legislative background
  • Accounting requirements
  • Making a claim
  • Completing claim forms

Counting Officers’ Expenses Guidance Notes (PDF)

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