Archive for Election law
Electoral Commission recommends near 40% increase in constituency spending limits – but they’ll cover a longer period
Running through to mid-December is an Electoral Commission consultation on updating election expense limits for UK Parliamentary elections and also for English and Welsh local elections. For general elections, the combined impact of inflation and an increase in the length of the Parliamentary timetable since the last review in 2005 means the Electoral Commission is […]
The most powerful thing a pressure group can do at the next election is something none has ever done
A candidate for a political party could stand as a joint candidate, with a joint description and special logo on the ballot paper, reminding voters at the most crucial key final moment before voting that this candidate is the one which gets the approval of the pressure group.
A UKIP candidate who stood in Isle of Wight Council elections this year, has been banned from public life for five years, after admitting he forged signatures on his nomination form.
CPS says you can be young enough to stand but too old to be prosecuted if you’re accused of breaking election law
There’s no maximum age limit for standing in public elections, with instead it being left to the voters to decide if they think a candidate is (still) up to the job. However, the recent allegations of law breaking against Conservative Police Commissioner candidate Michael Mates have resulted in an oddity from the Crown Prosecution Service, […]
I’ve blogged before my concerns over the payments made to council chief executives for running elections – they’re already well-paid posts and running elections is a long-established part of the role, so why should they receive extra payments, especially when those payments are pensionable, not (previously) dependent on performance and were increased just before the […]
Unless legislation is passed to remove The Gambia from the list of Commonwealth countries included in the Act, qualifying citizens from The Gambia will continue to be eligible for registration.
The independent councillor was fined after submitting an election expense return for £2,066 despite the legal limit being £1,215.36.
As the story from the Electoral Commission says: A consultation on standing for election in the United Kingdom has been launched by the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog. The paper is seeking views on a range of issues including the size of deposits required to stand in elections, access to election broadcasts for independent […]
A UKIP candidate from Arbury who stood for election in Cambridge forged signatures on his nomination form because he thought people in his area were ‘lacklustre about politics’.