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The following presentation was used by the CCO to brief the designated campaigners and The following presentation was used by the CCO to brief the designated campaigners and can be used as the basis for any local briefings 1

EU Referendum – Chief Counting Officer briefing for registered campaigners April 2016 2 EU Referendum – Chief Counting Officer briefing for registered campaigners April 2016 2

Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union 23 June 2016 3 Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union 23 June 2016 3

 • Referendums have a different Management management and accountability structure framework for to • Referendums have a different Management management and accountability structure framework for to elections: the referendum – Chief Counting Officer - Jenny Watson – Deputy Chief Counting Officer – Andrew Scallan – Regional Counting Officers – Counting Officers

Role of the Chief Counting Officer • Responsible for overall conduct of the referendum Role of the Chief Counting Officer • Responsible for overall conduct of the referendum and certifying the result • Power of direction over COs and RCOs in relation to the delivery of their functions, including taking specified steps to prepare and providing information • Provision of guidance to support COs with preparing for and delivering the poll • CCO’s role distinct from Electoral Commission role

Directions • • • Notice of referendum Ballot papers Polling stations Poll card delivery Directions • • • Notice of referendum Ballot papers Polling stations Poll card delivery dates Postal vote despatch and delivery dates for UK and overseas electors Use of international business response licenses for overseas postal votes Royal Mail sweeps Timing of count Method of verification and count Monitoring the performance of Counting Officers 6

Campaigners’ entitlements Registered campaigners are entitled to: • Access to the electoral register and Campaigners’ entitlements Registered campaigners are entitled to: • Access to the electoral register and lists of absent voters − Can only be used to help your campaign and to check the permissibility of donations • Attendance at key referendum proceedings − Postal vote openings − Polling stations − Count 7

Postal voting • Code of conduct for campaigners − − Absent vote applications Postal Postal voting • Code of conduct for campaigners − − Absent vote applications Postal ballot packs • Attendance at postal vote opening sessions – – Appointment of postal voting agents Importance of maintaining secrecy 8

Polling day • Polling stations open from 7 am to 10 pm • Campaigning Polling day • Polling stations open from 7 am to 10 pm • Campaigning outside polling stations – You are allowed to put your messages to voters on polling day, including in public spaces outside polling places BUT • Keep access to polling places and the pavements around polling places clear to allow voters to enter • Comply with the requests of polling station staff 9

Verification and • count Verification and counting of votes to start at 10 pm Verification and • count Verification and counting of votes to start at 10 pm • Attendance at the count • Key stages in the process – – – Verification Counting Adjudication of doubtful ballot papers Provisional local totals Recounts o May be requested by designated counting agent or referendum agent o No provision for a ’regional’ or ‘national’ recount 10

Collation and calculation of the result • Structure of the verification and count – Collation and calculation of the result • Structure of the verification and count – Voting areas (Counting Officers) o o o Counting Officers count the votes for their area Submit local total for the RCO to approve Declare the local total − Regional count collation hubs (RCO) o o RCO collates the local totals for the electoral region and submits regional total for the CCO to approve Declare the regional total – National hub (Chief Counting Officer) o o CCO calculates result from the regional totals and the local total for Northern Ireland Declare the referendum result 11

Any questions? 12 Any questions? 12