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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 304W, on the electoral register, what assessment he has made of (a) the current self-assessment procedure for Electoral Registration Officers and (b) the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission in monitoring that procedure.
The Electoral Commission asks electoral registration officers (EROs) to report their performance in line with legislation and then carries out a verification process on a sample of returns to assess quality and accuracy.
I understand that the commission has scrutinised evidence (by means of hard copy submission or face to face meetings) with over three quarters of local authorities (covering both EROs and returning officers) over a three-year period.
The commission will be refining the standards over the coming year in consultation with external stakeholders (electoral administrators, the Association of Electoral Administrators, DCLG and Cabinet Office) to build on the work carried out over the last three years, and more recently on the referendums held in March and May 2011.