Category Archives: Electoral Law

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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When does working together break the rules?

Promoting public confidence in the democratic process is at the heart of the Electoral Commission’s work. For the public to have confidence in the process, fairness and transparency are vital. 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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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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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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Helping to stop intimidation of Parliamentary candidates

On Wednesday the Committee for Standards in Public Life (CSPL) published its final report following a review of intimidation experienced by Parliamentary candidates at the general election in June 2017. Continue reading

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Are the UK’s elections fit for purpose? We must avoid complacency to stop a perfect storm from forming

On Wednesday night, our Chair, Sir John Holmes, gave a speech to the Institute for Government on the state of the British electoral system. Continue reading

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