Observing elections and referendums

One of the roles of the Electoral Commission is to authorise people and organisations to observe UK elections and relevant referendums.

You need to apply to become an accredited electoral observer if you want to observe the:

  • issue or receipt of postal ballot papers
  • taking of the poll
  • counting of the votes

You can apply as an individual observer, or as an organisation.

You need to be 16 or over to be an electoral observer.

The deadline to apply to become an accredited observer for the Elections to be held on 18 May is 02 May.

For more information visit The Electoral Commission website.