Archive for Electoral Commission
The Electoral Commission has decided it is "reasonable to assume" the BNP's latest financial accounts break the law.
The Electoral Commission and police have just published a report into the allegations of electoral practice held in June 2009. What does the latest one show about the state of our electoral system?
The electoral register is the definitive record of who can or can't vote in a particular election. Missing people means people aren't able to exercise their democratic rights. Erroneous entries open up possibilities for fraud and for people who shouldn't vote getting to cast a ballot. Statistics derived from the register are widely used to inform and shape other decisions. So having accurate registers is important.
The BBC reports: The Electoral Commission will be asked whether a Conservative Vice Chair has broken the law in the marginal constituency she is contesting at the next election. Margot James is the Conservative candidate in Stourbridge – one of the most marginal seats in the country. The seat’s current Labour MP, Lynda Waltho, is to ask the [...]
A new survey out from the British Computer Society / Chartered Institute for IT says that “Only 53% of Britons can name their MP”. Whilst it’s not a number to make democrats cheer to the rafters, the use of “only” is rather misleading as this figure is in fact a substantial increase on previous research. [...]
“Nearly three-quarters (74%) of people aged 65 or over said that they had voted in the European Parliamentary elections, compared with only 13% of those aged 18 to 24.” (From the Electoral Commission’s report in to the June 2009 elections, p.26.)
In June’s European elections, turnout amongst postal voters was 64% in Great Britain. Turnout amongst non-postal voters was 30% – a full 34 percentage points lower. There’s a lesson in there about campaigning… The figures for the different regions were: South East 68% (+34%) South West 68% (+33%) East Midlands 67% (+34%) Eastern 67% (+33%) West Midlands 66% (+35%) Scotland 63% (+39%) Yorkshire [...]
That’s what the Electoral Commission is suggesting in its ‘farewell’ press release to mark the handing over of responsibilities for local government boundaries to a new body: Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee and Electoral Commissioner, said: “The new Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s job will be to keep the map of local government [...]
Figures revealing which party’s candidates were most likely to do leafleting, canvassing, internet campaigning and a set of other activities have just been published by the Electoral Commission. The Commission carried out a survey of local election candidates from the June 2009 campaign and found: Conservative candidates were most likely to have produced a campaign leaflet (98% [...]
From the BBC: “Most people” are in favour of ending the confidentiality surrounding donations to political parties in NI, focus group research has suggested. It was conducted by the Electoral Commission, which recorded the views of eight groups around NI, each consisting of between six and eight people. Unlike the rest of the UK, details of political donors [...]