The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Supplier selection criteria

On this page you will find an overview of the main selection criteria that we use to evaluate tenders.

How we select suppliers

Supplier selection is based on the best overall demonstration of value for money.

Before deciding if a supplier has demonstrated the best overall value for money in a tender, we consider:

  • quality
  • reliability
  • experience
  • timely delivery
  • price

What suppliers must demonstrate

In a tender submission, potential suppliers must demonstrate their financial, commercial and technical capability to fully meet the requirements of the contract.

We will also take account of tenderers’ past performance with similar contracts, both with ourselves and other organisations.

Additionally, we will be looking for a clear demonstration of commitment to:

  • equal opportunities in employment
  • the environment
  • safe systems of working


We may request references from previous and/or existing customers, bankers and business information companies. Additionally, site reference visits may be arranged in conjunction with the tenderer and nominated referees.

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