UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain

Guidance and resources for (Acting) Returning Officers administering a UK Parliamentary election in Great Britain.

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Please note: guidance on this page is only applicable to Great Britain. It does not cover elections in Northern Ireland.

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant deadlines for the 12 December UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain which you can view here:

We have also produced a combined timetable for those authorities in England and Wales with government principal area and parish by elections on the same day as the 12 December UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain which you can view here:

We have produced a short supplementary guidance note to address the challenges of managing the 12 December poll which can be viewed here: 

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

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 A: (Acting) Returning Officer role and responsibilities - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part A: (Acting) Returning Officer role and responsibilities - combined UK Parliamentary and local elections in England (PDF)

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 organising - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part B: Planning and organising - combined UK Parliamentary and local elections in England (PDF)

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 C: Administering the poll - standalone UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Part F

After the declaration of result