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On Wednesday last week Parliament had a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of electoral administration, triggered by Meg Munn, the Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley. Sheffield was one of the areas particularly badly affected by the problems with people queuing to vote at 10pm on polling day, and it was this issue which dominated [...]
The United Kingdom Indpendence Party’s dispute with the Electoral Commission over its refusal to forfeit more than £350,000 of impermissable donations has this week escalated to the Supreme Court.
The Electoral Commission is currently consulting on its draft performance standards for Counting Officers in Great Britain, which will supplement the existing standards for Electoral Registration Officers and Returning Officers. There are, however, some weaknesses in the current draft.
The problems with electoral administration ranged far wider than those which caught the headlines. Perhaps the weirdest came in one polling station in Burnley where the caretaker was getting everyone turning up to vote to sign in and out of the building "for health and safety" reasons.
The leafleting and press advertising campaign against a hung Parliament by the Young Britons’ Foundation has run into a mini-blizzard of legal queries and complaints Given at least one newspaper advertisement today and how widespread the leafleting campaign has been (as partly documented by Paul Walters), including several reports that at least some of the leafleting [...]
Welcome news from the Electoral Commission who have agreed to make their reports of donations to parties clearer following widespread media misreporting.
Stuck in the wrong place due to the air travel disruptions? There is still time to apply for a proxy vote as the Electoral Commission explains: Voting by proxy means appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf. To apply, go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk and print off the application form, sign it and send it back to [...]
Until yesterday, Havering Council was telling residents that it would reject any rolling registration applications that were not made on the council's own form - despite the fact that such rejections would be a breach of the law. In a bizarre twist, it also meant that Havering Council was telling people who had filled in an electoral registration form via the Electoral Commission's heavily advertised website, AboutMyVote.co.uk, that those applications were invalid.
The latest figures for party donations are out from the Electoral Commission and already we've seen reports which simply take the numbers at face value. Of course, that's an understandable thing for the media to do: regulator publishes numbers, you report them. However, the numbers are misleading...
Two former Conservative councillors are facing legal action over electoral fraud whilst in addition the Electoral Commission has decided to investigate the BNP's accounts.