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Written evidence - The work of the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission was established under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and referendums and regulates political finance in the UK.

The Committee’s predecessor recommended that it should “should carry out an inquiry into the role and effectiveness of the Electoral Commission.”

The Committee welcomes all submissions relating to the work of the Electoral Commission but in particular:

The inquiry will investigate the roles and functions of the Electoral Commission and how well it has discharged these responsibilities. It will also examine public and political confidence in the body and whether its powers should be changed.

The Chair of PACAC, William Wragg MP, said:

“The twin core roles of the Electoral Commission – the regulation of political party funding and campaign expenditure, along with regulating electoral administration - are vital to our democracy and are facing new challenges. It is essential that the public and political actors have confidence in an electoral regulator.

 

Call for evidence

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee wants to hear your views. It welcomes submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the terms of reference. More information about how to submit evidence is available here.

The Committee invites evidence on the following issues:

  1. The effectiveness of the Electoral Commission in discharging its statutory obligations.

     (a) What roles and functions within the UK electoral system should the Commission perform?

     (b) Should the remit of the Electoral Commission be changed?

     (c) What powers should the Electoral Commission have? Should the existing powers of the Electoral Commission be changed?

     2. The governance of the Electoral Commission.

     3. Public and political confidence in the impartiality and ability of the Electoral Commission.

     4. The international reputation of and comparators for the UK Electoral Commission.

     5. What, if any, reforms of the Electoral Commission should be considered?

The Committee would also be interested in submissions on the effect of COVID-19 on UK elections.

If you wish to discuss issues relating to the inquiry or submitting evidence, please contact Patrick Thomas. Email:  pacac@parliament.uk   Tel; 020 7219 3268.

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