About us

History

The Electoral Management Board for Scotland was set up on an interim basis in November 2008 as an initiative of the four professional associations responsible for electoral activity in Scotland:

  • SOLAR
  • SAA
  • SOLACE
  • AEA

with the support and promotion of the Electoral Commission.

This interim board was the electoral community's reaction to the issues that arose when delivering the combined elections of May 2007, when the Scottish Parliamentary elections were combined with the local government elections. In particular, it was a response to the Electoral Commission’s report Electoral Administration in Scotland 2008, which in itself was the culmination of a deliberative process following those 2007 elections.

We supported the regional returning officer for Scotland in the European Parliamentary Election 2009. It operated on clear principles of

  • promoting a consistent national approach to electoral administration
  • simplifying decision making

with the aim of ensuring that the interests of voters were kept at the heart of all electoral activity.

We supported the UK Parliamentary Elections 2010.

In 2011 we supported the regional counting officer in the UK referendum on voting systems for the Westminster Parliament, which was combined with the Scottish Parliamentary elections.