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Electoral Commission’s Performance Standards for Electoral Registration Officers

Statement made on 16 June 2021

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My Hon. Friend, the Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution (Chloe Smith MP), has today made the following written statement:

In accordance with section 9A of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, I am laying before Parliament the Electoral Commission’s new Performance Standards for Electoral Registration Officers.

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 gave the Electoral Commission powers to set and monitor performance standards for electoral services. Under these provisions, the Commission can determine and publish standards of performance for relevant electoral officers in Great Britain.

Following a consultation, the Electoral Commission established a new set of standards which will be used by Electoral Registration Officers and the Commission throughout the year to understand and improve Election Registration Officers' performance, ensuring that registers are as accurate and complete as possible, enabling everyone who is eligible and wants to, to be able to vote.

I welcome the Electoral Commission’s updates to the performance standards to reflect the current environment for Electoral Registration Officers, though more broadly, further measures are needed to strengthen electoral integrity and prevent electoral fraud - which will be delivered through the forthcoming Elections Bill. It is important that performance standards keep pace as we improve electoral registration further.

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Electoral Commission’s Performance Standards for Electoral Registration Officers
Chloe Smith
Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution
Conservative, Norwich North
Statement made 16 June 2021
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Commons