Archive for Electoral Commission

Legal action may bar council leader from office – and raise questions about the Electoral Commission’s lack of action

North West Leicestershire District Council leader Conservative Richard Blunt is facing High Court action from a defeated opponent over whether or not he was actually qualified to stand.

Electoral Commission rejects expenses complaint against Chris Huhne

The Electoral Commission earlier today rejected one of the complaints made over Chris Huhne's election expenses. It was the complaint made by two former Liberal Democrat councillors who claimed the party had spent more than the legal limit.
AV referendum video screenshot

The Alternative Vote referendum: the voting systems explained

I rather like this video from the Electoral Commission explaining how the alternative vote and first past the post – the two options available in the May 5th referendum – work:

Electoral Commission says returning officers improving but doubts remain over the data

6 April 2011 ,
The elections watchdog, the Electoral Commission, has been mildly trumpeting the results of the latest survey of electoral registration work carried out across Great Britain by local councils but there are doubts over the quality of the data.

Electoral Commission launches TV advertising campaign

To coincide with the start of the delivery of its educational booklets, the Electoral Commission has also launched a TV advertising campaign to inform people about the referendum and elections being held in May.

Electoral Commission imposes voting limits to avoid repeat of polling station queues

A limit on the maximum number of people eligible to vote at a polling station has been imposed by the Electoral Commission under the powers given to its Chief Executive, Jenny Watson, to run the AV referendum in May. Under the law for referendums, Jenny Watson is the Chief Counting Officer and thereby able to [...]

UNISON still hasn’t properly completed its general election expense return

15 March 2011 , ,
UNISON has now submitted its spending declaration several months late, but in a quirky twist of the law has not yet been fined - because its return is still missing the signature of the 'responsible person'.

Who gets a postal vote in the AV referendum?

Any voter can apply for a postal (or proxy) vote in the usual way for May’s elections, including the AV referendum. However, people who have previously applied for a permanent postal vote may also be entitled to one without having to re-apply. There are three categories: 1. People who have a permanent postal vote for [...]

Review of London elections calls for changes in law ahead of 2012

The London Assembly has called for changes in the law ahead of the 2012 London Mayor and Assembly elections, following a review of the lessons from last year’s council and general election in London. Two issues are likely to meet widespread support, namely the problems of voters being intimidated and people being left still queuing [...]

National election expenditure dropped, as 3% of candidates broke law

2 March 2011 , ,
The Electoral Commission has published its review of expenditure at the 2010 general election, finding that national spending by parties dropped sharply from its 2005 peak, though it was still above 2001 levels.