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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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What do election teams do?

Rhonda Booth, Democratic Services Manager, talks about her role at South Holland District Council. 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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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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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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