Electoral Management Design Database

United Kingdom

United Kingdom


Model of electoral management



The UK Electoral Commission does not have administrative role in elections. The administration and organization of elections are mostly vested with local Returning Officers. For more information about the roles of the Electoral Commission visit this page. It should be noted that Northern Ireland has a Chief Electoral Officer who performs the tasks of administration and organization of elections.


OSCE/ODIHR, Needs Assessment Mission Report, 29 November 2019, United Kingdom Early General Election, 12 December 2019, accessed 10 December 2019

“The administration of elections is decentralized with the Returning Officers (RO) at the constituency level bearing primary responsibility. At the national level, elections are overseen by the Electoral Commission (EC) that provides guidance to election officials, political parties and voters and develops extensive guidance framework for these stakeholders.”

Electoral Management Bodies

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Name of EMB Number of EMB members Term of office EMB members selected by Chair appointed/elected by Party or expert based membership
Local Returning Officers Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
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