Author Archives: The Electoral Commission

Crossed out?

A guest blog by Catriona Burness, Parliamentary and Policy Manager, RNIB Scotland National Democracy Week is a good time to think about whether our democracy is accessible to all. The right to vote independently, and in secret, is a cornerstone … Continue reading

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Urgent improvements needed to ensure transparency for voters in a digital age

Not so long ago, the only time some people would know that an election was happening would be when a handful of leaflets came through the door, or placards appeared in a few front gardens. Continue reading

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Inclusion Scotland’s Access to Politics project – the journey so far

A guest blog by Ethan Young, Civic Participation Officer at Inclusion Scotland True and effective democracy must reflect the society it serves. One in five people in Scotland identify as being disabled, yet we are drastically underrepresented in elected office. … Continue reading

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When does an allegation result in an investigation?

Recent reports in the media have thrown a spotlight on the Electoral Commission’s investigations into the spending returns submitted by registered campaigners at the EU Referendum. As the regulator of political finance in the UK, it is proper that the decisions we take are open to scrutiny. Continue reading

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Enhancing and ensuring transparency in political party finance

Party finance and registration is central to the Commission’s remit to ensure fairness and transparency in the political system. Making information available on party accounts, spending and donations is at the heart of having a fair and open democracy. Continue reading

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4 things you need to know about casting your vote on 3 May

We need your help in sharing essential voting information to support people ahead of the local elections this Thursday.  Continue reading

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Future proofing Scottish elections – The Scottish Government consultation on electoral reform

Over the last four years there have been five sets of Scotland-wide elections and two significant referendums, as well as countless by-elections. Now, with no scheduled polls in Scotland until 2021, we have a great opportunity to take stock and identify the challenges and opportunities in ensuring that our electoral structures remain fit for purpose in the 21st Century. Continue reading

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