The ballot, count and announcement of the result

The ballot, count and announcement of the result


The National Executive Committee has appointed an independent organisation, ERS, to conduct the One Person One Vote (OPOV) ballot.

The party will conduct a ballot of all eligible electors for the contested position using the OPOV process, single round preferential voting system. This ballot will take place by post and secure electronic voting. Details will be contained in the voting package or voting email. Details will be sent to the address or electronic address registered on the National Membership System. During the actual ballot ERS will provide a helpline should an individual member have a problem.

Ballot papers for Members of Parliament and Members of the European Parliament will be sent to the address registered on the National Membership System unless otherwise indicated to the General Secretary. The voting package sent to all members will consist of (or the electronic equivalent):

• Covering letter

• Ballot paper

• Return envelope

• Candidates’ statements and lists of nominations and supporting nominations

The procedure for preference voting in the ballot is shown below.

All validly nominated candidates must supply a photo and a statement of a maximum of 250 words to the party. This will be included in the booklet of candidates’ statements and details of nominations received which will be sent out to members. The statement must not exceed the stated word allowance.

Contact details for up to five channels may be supplied in addition to the 250 words.

The last date for reissuing ballots that have been lost or not received will be set out in the timetable.


Will be by counting of preferential votes.

If no candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round, the result will be recalculated eliminating the candidate with the lowest number of votes and redistributing those votes according to expressed preferences until one candidate exceeds the 50 per cent threshold.  

The result will not be published prior to its formal declaration.


The results of the election for Leader of the Labour Party will be declared on Saturday 24 September. The Leadership Conference will be open to all delegates and ex-offico members already registered for Annual Conference at no extra cost. Due to space restrictions, however, delegate and ex-officio members places will only be held if you have registered to attend by Friday 9 September. Registration will open shortly on the Labour Party website.

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