The Regional Returning Officer - European Elections 2014
The Regional Returning Officer for the 2014 European Parliamentary Election, in the West Midlands Region, is Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council. He has the overall responsibility for all aspects of the nomination process; the calculation and declaration of the result as well as the conduct of the election in the West Midlands Region.
The Regional Returning Officer is responsible for:
- the overall management of the election across the region, including agreeing effective lines of communication with Local Returning Officers
- preparing and publishing the notice of election
- all aspects of the nomination procedure
- receiving notices of appointment of election agents and sub-agents and publishing notices of such appointments
- determining the form of the ballot paper
- authorising the Local Returning Officer's announcement of the local count results
- calculating the results of the election within the region and allocating seats to candidates
- announcing the regional results and publishing the results of the election and notifying the names and other details of elected MEPs to the Secretary of State
The Local Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct of the poll in their local authority area, but may be directed by the Regional Returning Officer in how they delivery their duties. Their other duties include:
- issuing poll cards and other forms and notices
- Issuing and receiving postal ballot papers
- securing polling stations and equipment required
- securing facilities for the administration of postal votes and counting of ballot papers
- arranging training for polling station staff, counting agents and other staff as required
- arranging of the printing of the ballot papers to be used
About the European Parliament
The European Parliament passes the majority of laws for the European Union - laws that affect the lives of all European citizens. Legislation from the European Parliament covers a wide range of topics including consumer protection, the environment, human rights and standards governing business. The European Parliament meets for one week every month in Strasbourg for what it terms a 'plenary session'. The parliament also meets for additional two-day sessions through the month.
In brief the European Parliament is responsible for:
- amending and passing draft legislation
- helping to set, and giving final approval to, the EU budget
- monitoring the European Commission (which is responsible for proposing EU policy and overseeing the implementation of decisions taken by EU ministers and the European parliament)
The European Parliament website contains more information about the work of the European Parliament and about MEPs.
About Elections and the Electoral Process
The Electoral Commission is the independent body set up by Parliament to promote confidence and integrity in the democratic process.
Their roles include:
- registering political parties
- making sure people understand and follow the rules on party and election finance
- publishing details of where parties and candidates get money from and how they spend it
- setting the standards for running elections and reporting on how well this is done
- making sure people understand it is important to register to vote, and know how to vote
- making sure boundary arrangements for local government in England are fair
The Electoral Commission website contains more information about the work they do.
You can contact the Office of the Regional Returning Officer for the West Midlands via email WM_EuroElections@birmingham.gov.uk