Electoral Commission statement on the running of the 5 May polls


Shaun McNally CBE, Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission, said:

“Last week saw the delivery of an important set of elections across the UK.

“This marked the culmination of substantial efforts from across the electoral community. Electoral administrators, polling station staff and many others have worked hard to support voter registration, enable postal and polling station voting, and count the votes that have been cast. The apparent smooth-running of these polls is a testament to their commitment to the democratic process.

“The Commission will now start a process of information gathering and evaluation so that we can formally report in the autumn on how the elections were delivered, and on the experiences of voters, candidates and campaigners.”

Notes to editors

1. The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:

  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  • using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy,
  • aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency

2. The Commission reports to the UK, Scottish and Welsh parliaments.