Freedom of information request response - 05524

FOI request

FOI ID number
Electoral fraud

Please send to me all records of information on United Kingdom general elections, United Kingdom local elections, United Kingdom mayoral elections, and United Kingdom referenda which allege electoral fraud (the staging of a desired election outcome), or referendum fraud (the staging of a desired referendum outcome), was legalised, or found to be legal and constitutionally permissible, and committed at any of the elections and referenda listed below.

Elections and referenda:

  1. The May 5th, 2016, United Kingdom local elections and London mayoral election.
  2. The June 23rd, 2016, United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.
  3. The May 4th, 2017, United Kingdom local elections.
  4. The June 8th, 2017, United Kingdom general election.
  5. The May 3rd, 2018, United Kingdom local elections and mayoral elections.

Our response


Thank you for your request which has been logged under FOI Ref No 05524.  However, please note that we will not be treating this as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, as the Electoral Registration Officer’s role falls outside of the legislation.

The Registration of Electors is governed by the Representation of the People Act 1983 as amended. Under Section 8 of the Act, a council must appoint one of its officers to be the Registration Officer for any constituency or part of a constituency coterminous with or situated within the council's area. Any appointment as Electoral Registration Officer is separate to any other appointment and although appointed by the council, the Electoral Registration Officer's responsibilities and duties are personal. An example of this is that the Register of Electors is deemed to be the property of the Electoral Registration Officer, not the local authority. The Electoral Registration Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity.

The Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

We publish information about electoral registration on our website.

Response date
08 August 2018