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Why we are developing a prosecutions policy

There has been coverage this weekend, and theatrical ‘fury’ – first reported in the Sunday Telegraph – about the Commission’s developing plans to begin undertaking prosecutions. It is assumed that we plan to move to taking landmark cases through the … Continue reading

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See democracy in action at UK elections through our modernised electoral observer scheme

Independent observation is a crucial part of our electoral process. It helps to ensure that elections are carried out in a transparent, accessible, impartial and secure way. In 2006, the UK introduced a scheme that allowed individuals and organisations to … 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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#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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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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