The Returning Officer welcomes the interest of the media in elections held in Southampton and recognises the important part they play in the electoral process. 

If you are interested in receiving information about the UK Parliamentary Election on 12 December 2019 for Southampton Itchen and Southampton Test Constituencies as and when it becomes available, please email providing your name, contact email address, your job title and details of the organisation you represent. Please put ‘UKPGE 2019’ in the subject line. 

There will be a media briefing which will include technical support regarding operations within the O2 Guildhall and also an overview of how and when the count process will take place. The briefing will be held at the O2 Guildhall on 19 December 2019 at 10.30 am).  If you would like to attend please let the communications team know by e-mail to


VERIFICATION - All ballot papers will be verified in the O2 Guildhall starting at 10pm on Thursday 12 December 2019

COUNTING OF BALLOT PAPERS will commence as soon as possible once the verification process is complete. It is not possible to give a precise time but historically this has begun after midnight.