Guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering a Greater London Authority election

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Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls on 7 May 2020. If you have any questions please contact London Elects.

Part A

Returning Officer role and responsibilities

This part covers:

  • How to use this guidance
  • The Returning Officer's role, responsibilities, skills and knowledge
  • Our performance standards for Returning Officers
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 D

Absent voting

This part covers:

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 F

After the declaration of the results

This part covers:

  • Storage and disposal of documents
  • Post-election activities
  • Challenges to the result
  • Review of election procedures
  • Freedom of information requests
GLROs guidance

Guidance for GLROs - Greater London Authority elections

This part covers:

  • The Greater London Returning Officers, responsibilities and knowledge
  • Key planning considerations for the Greater London Returning Officer