Are you planning to be an observer at the May polls? Don’t forget about accreditation


One of our roles at the Electoral Commission is to authorise people and organisations to observe UK elections and relevant referendums. Information about observing at elections and referendums in the UK can be found on our website.

Anyone over the age of 16 with an interest in observing elections or referendums can apply to us to be accredited as an electoral observer. Accredited observers can observe the following electoral proceedings:

  • the issue or receipt of postal ballot papers
  • the taking of the poll
  • the counting of votes

If you would like to observe any elections and relevant referendums in the UK, you need to read our Code of Practice for observers and send us the following:

Don’t forget the deadline to apply for observer accreditation for the elections taking place on 7 May is Monday 27thApril.

Please email your application and supporting documents to:

Briefing Event – Tuesday 5th May

You may be interested to know that the Electoral Commission is also hosting a briefing event, primarily aimed at international visitors planning to observe the May polls, but also open to those based in the UK who are looking to observe the election. This is being delivered by Dods Communications on our behalf. If you would like to find out more or book a place please contact The event will take place on Tuesday 5th May in Central London and will include speakers from the Electoral Commission, Cabinet Office, Ipsos MORI and the University of East Anglia. Places are limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis so please get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Jennifer Martin-Kohlmorgen
Electoral Guidance Manager


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