Guidance and resources

We have published supplementary guidance to support administrators with preparing for and delivering polls against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Caveat wording regarding subscribers

The UK government has made legislation to reduce the number of subscribers that are required by each candidate for some elections. We have updated the guidance and resources on this page accordingly.

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 C

Administering the poll

PAROs guidance

Guidance for Police Area Returning Officers

This part covers:

  • Police Area Returning Officer's role, responsibilities and knowledge
  • Our guidance and performance standards for Police Area Returning Officers