Returning officers' handbook

Please Note: Changes to School Trustee Election Regulations have altered some of the terminology and timelines included in the Returning Officers’ Handbook.

These changes are detailed in this RO Handbook Amendment, which is also included at the start of the RO Handbook PDF.

Because the RO Handbook was printed and distributed prior to these changes, we cannot update the handbook in time for the mid-terms. Please get in touch with our election support team if you have any questions or concerns: 0800 ELECTION (0800 353 284) or email:

The Returning Officers' Handbook 2019-2022 (download as pdf) has all the detailed information returning officers need to undertake their role effectively. 

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