Tag Archives: Elections

Two weeks in the job…..

Almost two weeks ago on 7 October, I walked through the doors of the Electoral Commission for the first time as Chief Executive. It was a big day for me and for the organisation. The previous Chief Executive, Peter Wardle, … Continue reading

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Our submission to the Government’s review on electoral fraud

Previously on the blog we responded to the announcement that Sir Eric Pickles, the Government’s Anti-Corruption Champion was to undertake a review of electoral fraud As we said at the time, we welcome the opportunity that it presents for building … Continue reading

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Money in politics – a global perspective

The topic of ‘money in politics’ is not exclusively relevant to the United Kingdom. Internationally, the issues of concern for regulators around the world are broadly consistent, but priorities differ depending on the particular political, democratic and socio-democratic context of … Continue reading

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Answering the Call for Evidence – Third Party Campaigning Review

Non-party campaigning organisations have always been a vital element of democratic participation in the UK. Civil society, charities and community groups, large and small, are often the point through which voters engage in the political issues that matter to them. … Continue reading

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The future of electoral law

As we’ve said on the blog previously , electoral laws in the UK have become too numerous, unnecessarily complicated and out of date. That’s why the three UK Law Commissions are working on simplifying the legal framework. Here at the Electoral … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

One of the areas that my team at the Electoral Commission is responsible for is leading our work registering political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Registering as a political party allows that party to use particular ‘identity marks’ … Continue reading

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The Count

At the end of a hard fought campaign for candidates and parties comes the intensity of the count. All eyes are on the hundreds of count venues as thousands of count staff begin the all-important task of sorting through and … Continue reading

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