Guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering Senedd elections

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

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

If you have questions about the guidance please contact your local Commission team.

Caveat wording regarding subscribers

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

The nomination requirements for Senedd elections are not affected by this legislation.

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 C

Administering the poll

This part covers:

  • The nomination period (including access to the register by candidates, spending limits and the nominations process)
  • The production of notices, poll cards and ballot papers
  • Polling station voting

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