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European Parliamentary elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering European Parliamentary elections.

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Guidance on this page was current on 22 May 2014 and it should not be relied on for polls taking place after that date. If you have questions about the guidance please contact your local Commission team. 

Part A

(Local) Returning Officer role and responsibilities

This part covers:

  • How to use this guidance
  • The legislative and electoral framework
  • Roles and responsibilities

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 - standalone European Parliamentary elections (PDF)

Part C

Administering the poll

This part covers:

  • The local Returning Officer's role in providing local information to candidates
  • The production of notices, poll cards and ballot papers
  • Polling station voting

Part C: Administering the poll - standalone European Parliamentary elections (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 - standalone European Parliamentary elections (PDF)

Part E

Verifying and counting the votes

This part covers:

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

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes - standalone European Parliamentary elections (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 - standalone European Parliamentary elections (PDF)

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