The Government took all the legal steps necessary to prepare for the European Parliamentary
elections and put in place all the legislative and funding elements to enable Returning Officers to
make their preparations required for the polls on 23 May
Electoral Registration Officers are responsible for administering elections at the local level. They
are also under a statutory duty to ensure people who are eligible to vote in elections have the
opportunity to do so and are supported by the Electoral Commission in delivering these functions
The Electoral Commission encouraged EROs to take additional steps to raise awareness of this
requirement locally, through social media channels and other means.
The Electoral Commission supported EROs in the discharge of this function. It issued guidance on
the 4th April which recommended that EROs should identify EU citizens who are on the local
government register and send them a declaration form and supporting information explaining how
they can declare their intent to vote in these elections in the UK should they wish to.
In line with their statutory duty, the Electoral Commission will be publishing a report into the
administration of the polls later this year
Figures on the number of individuals completing forms or details relating to the processing of those
forms are not held centrally by the Government.