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Greater London Authority elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering a Greater London Authority election.

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Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls on 5 May 2016. If you have any questions please contact London Elects.

Important information

  • Legislation for 2016 polls


    Despite a lack of certainty as to the detail of the legislation, we have developed this guidance at this stage in order that it can be available in time to support Returning Officers with taking forward planning and early preparations for the delivery of the polls. 

    This guidance has been developed based on the legislation as it currently stands and makes some assumptions about what further legislation will provide for, and so it may be subject to change. We will update and re-publish the guidance as appropriate once the legislation is clear.

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 organisation (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 (PDF)

Part D

Absent voting

This part covers:

  • The absent voting timetable
  • Proxy voting
  • Preparations for absent voting processes and the production of stationery
  • Procedures for the issue, receipt and opening of postal votes

Part D: Absent voting (PDF)

Part E

Verifying and counting the votes

This part covers:

  • The principles for an effective verification and count
  • Preparations for the count
  • Managing the verification and count
  • Verification and count procedures

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes (PDF)

GLROs guidance

Guidance for GLROs - Greater London Authority elections

This part covers:

  • The Greater London Returning Officers, responsibilities and knowledge
  • Key planning considerations for the Greater London Returning Officer

Guidance for GLROs - Greater London Authority elections

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