Archive for Electoral Commission
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.
Although there are many British bloggers writing about politics, election law and the workings of the Electoral Commission get relatively little coverage except when there’s a specific big issue in the public eye. In fact, for many announcements by the Electoral Commission or the Ministry of Justice the only blogging coverage you’ll find about them […]
A new set of rules approved by Parliament means that service voters now only have to register once every five years, rather than once every three. The change also applies to existing registrations, lengthening them by two years.
"Do we have to invite the extremist candidate?" "Can I veto the hustings by refusing to attend?" "Is the hustings meeting an election expense?" These are all common questions during general election campaigns, so here is your whistle-stop guide to what the various rules says.
With Parliament expected to pass legislation placing an onus on Returning Officers to start general election counts shortly after the polls close, rather than wait until Friday morning, the Electoral Commission has published a draft of the guidance it will be required to issue.