Author Archives: The Electoral Commission

Registering the missing millions

Our Chair, Sir John Holmes, has reflected on the findings of the Commission’s major study of the December 2018 electoral registers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The UK’s 372 electoral registers are the cornerstone of our democracy. You have … Continue reading

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New Electoral Commission guidance for charities: the Lobbying Act shouldn’t stop you from campaigning

Following the publication of new Electoral Commission guidance for non-party campaigners, Douglas Dowell, Policy Manager at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has written a blog outlining the impact this will have. At NCVO, we’re always looking for ways … Continue reading

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Observing snap elections in Ukraine

Mark Pascoe, Electoral Guidance Manager at the Commission, recently went to Ukraine to observe the early parliamentary election. He visited in a personal capacity and has written about his experiences while there. After visiting North Macedonia last year, I have … Continue reading

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Looking back at the European Parliamentary elections

The European parliament election that was never going to happen is now behind us, and we await the results which will emerge from Sunday evening once polls have closed across all member states. It is an anomaly for our politics … Continue reading

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European Elections in the UK – just another poll?

Our Chair has blogged about preparations for the European Parliamentary elections on 23 May. He outlines preparations in place, and the risks associated with cancelling elections once preparations have begun. He also writes about the need for there to be … Continue reading

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Public engagement in democracy – the need to be on the electoral register

The Commission has a responsibility to promote public awareness ahead of UK elections. Each year, we undertake a voter registration campaign ahead of scheduled elections, to make sure that eligible voters are aware of the need to be registered; and … Continue reading

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Battling for supremacy in Wester Ross

Martin, Senior Elections and Campaigners Adviser, tells us about his experience observing a by election in Wester Ross. No, not that one. Game of Thrones returned to our screens this week for the eagerly-awaited final season. Over the next six … Continue reading

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