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2nd December 2019

Elections Guidance for Returning Officers

In the run-up to the General Election, the Cabinet Office has coordinated a range of security advice for Returning Officers. Many of these documents will be familiar to you and are publicly available, the Cabinet Office has pulled this together for you in one place for ease of reference.

The Cabinet Office also asks for your support in encouraging candidates in your region to attend local Police forces briefing sessions.


GuidanceGuidance OwnerKey ContactDescription Audience Link
Letter from Martin HewittNPCCLocal Police Points of Contact (see letter Annex)Outlines Police protective security measures available for yourself and candidates.


Includes an appendix of D/Supts who will be the senior police contact points.

Returning Officers PDF
Election Security for Polling Stations and Counting OfficersNaTSOLocal Police Points of Contact (see letter Annex)Assists Returning Officers to develop a security plan to avoid major disruption to the election process.Returning Officers


Presiding Officers and poll clerks

Online Security InformationDCMSN/ADirects candidates to guidance issued by social media platforms including how to report online abuse.Returning Officers for awareness PDF
Cyber Security Guidance for Local AuthoritiesNCSCReport and incident: or




Reminders around good cyber security practices for the systems that support the delivery of UK elections.IT departments


Returning Officers for awareness


Electoral administrators

My Digital FootprintCPNIN/ADescribes what individual’s digital footprints are and suggests simple ways to manage it.Returning Officers for awarenessLink
RESIST ToolkitGovernment Communications ServiceN/AGuidance on how to identify a range of different types of disinformation and help you prevent and tackle the spread.Returning Officers for awarenessLink