Guidance and resources

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering a Police and Crime Commissioner election being held on 5 May 2016.

You will also find our guidance and resources for those administering a combined Police and Crime Commissioner and local government election in England on 5 May 2016.

These pages do not cover guidance for Returning Officers who are administering a combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner election. For guidance on administering a combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner election, please click here.

If you want to download emblems for political parties, visit our online database.

Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls on 5 May 2016. If you have any questions, please contact your local Commission team.

Part A

Local Returning Officer role and responsibilities

This part covers:

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

Part A: Local Returning Officer role and responsibilities - standalone Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part A: Returning Officer guidance - combined Police and Crime Commissioner elections and local government elections in England (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 Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part C: Administering the poll - combined Police and Crime Commissioner elections and local government elections in England (PDF)