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Elections: Local Government

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 477W, on elections: local government, what steps the Electoral Commission takes to ensure that (a) their guidance is complied with and (b) their published performance standards are met by returning officers. (280674)

The Electoral Commission informs me that following publication in October 2009 of its first annual assessment of returning officers’ performance against its published performance standards, the Commission intends to meet returning officers who have not met its standards to agree with them action plans aimed at ensuring they will meet the standards in 2010.

The Commission does not currently have the power to compel returning officers to comply with its guidance.