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Voting Methods: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps are being taken to monitor the effectiveness of the delivery of (a) poll cards and (b) postal votes in each local authority area. (205706)

The Electoral Commission informs me that the responsibility for sending poll cards and postal votes to electors in each local authority area rests with the returning officer for that area. The Commission’s guidance to returning officers provides information about the production and distribution of poll cards and the issue and distribution of postal votes.

The Commission has no powers to direct or challenge individual returning officers in relation to the exercise of their statutory duties. However, the Commission’s performance standards framework will support an assessment of the performance of individual officers in relation to a number of key management standards.