Author Archives: The Electoral Commission

The South Thanet case makes clear the urgent need for electoral reform

By Bob Posner, chief executive of the Electoral Commission Earlier this week, Marion Little, a senior member of Conservative HQ, was found guilty of intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence during the 2015 general election. The trial focused on election … Continue reading

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My reflections on three years as Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission

It has been a privilege I have very much enjoyed leading the Electoral Commission over the past three years and playing a part in its evolution into a modern regulator. As well as delivering an unprecedented number of electoral events … Continue reading

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Girlguiding launch their new programme, including a voting badge

In the year where we are celebrating 100 years since women were first given the vote, Girlguiding have launched their new programme, including a voting badge for Rangers. A guest blog by Emily, 17, Girlguiding Ranger As a history and … Continue reading

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#OurDay – The role of local authority elections teams, part 2

To celebrate #OurDay,  we’re sharing first-hand accounts from local authority elections teams about what their jobs are like. In these short videos, Louis Humphreys, Lynne Williams and Deborah Wright from South Holland District Council in Lincolnshire share details about their roles. Continue reading

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#OurDay – The role of local authority elections teams, part 1

To celebrate #OurDay today, we’re taking a closer look at the work of elections teams at local authorities. Tanya Rowlandson, Electoral Services Officer for Broadland District Council in Norfolk since 2008, has shared some details of what her job involves. Continue reading

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Celebrating Black history month

By Mark Nyack, Senior Communications Officer (Public Information) Often the immeasurable contributions made by black and ethnic minority people to academia, research, art, music, politics and technology are overlooked. Black history is part of all our histories but it has … Continue reading

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The limits of transparency in Northern Ireland

Transparency is a guiding principle for us at the Electoral Commission. We believe voters should be able to see and understand how political parties and campaigners are funded; how they spend their money; and who they target with campaign materials. Continue reading

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A re-fresher in registering university students

Young people are far less likely to be registered to vote than their older counter parts – across the UK 1 in 3 of those eligible to vote under the age of 24 aren’t registered. Continue reading

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Electoral Commission launches consultation on election spending

By Bob Posner, Director of Political Finance and Regulation and Legal Counsel Today we’ve launched our new consultation on the Codes of Practice on election spending for candidates and political parties. We want your input to make sure they’re comprehensive, promote … Continue reading

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Making the electoral system more accessible for everyone

By Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission Everyone should be able to participate in elections and cast their vote with confidence, but this is not always the case. Even though they have the right … Continue reading

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