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This section contains guidance for electoral administrators, information on the 2005 general election, and on legislation and modernisation of the UK and European elections. If you need information on how to vote, please go to the Electoral Commission website.

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The role of the Electoral Commission

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| 29 January 2007 |

Electoral modernisation pilots announced

On 29 January 2007, thirteen local authorities were approved to take part in twelve electoral pilot schemes for the May 2007 local elections.

They were approved following an application process open to all local authorities. Both the Electoral Commission and the Association of Electoral Administrators have been fully consulted and involved in the selection process

| 15 January 2007 |

Electoral Administration Act: implementation information

We have updated the information on implementation of the Electoral Administration Act, including a keeling schedule and FAQs from electoral administrators on voter registration, signatures, absent voting and canvassing.

| 19 October 2006 |

Package of secondary legislation announced
The following secondary legislation was laid in Parliament on Thursday 19 October 2006 and intends to govern the process concerning anonymous registration, improve the security of the postal voting system, and extend access to the electoral process.

| 17 October 2006 |

| 17 October 2006 |

| 1 August 2006 |

Electoral Administration Act 2006 - Factsheet
This document sets out the key aims and intentions of the Electoral Administration Act, and it's top four priorities. To find out more about the Electoral Administration Act click here.

| 27 February 2006 |

Tough new laws to tackle election fraud
The government will this week introduce into the House of Commons new laws to prevent postal vote fraud. The new laws will be part of a package of 14 tough new measures to tackle electoral fraud that will be announced by Harriet Harman. Ms Harman will make the announcement at the national launch of the Association of Chief Police Officer's, guidance on election fraud prevention and detection. For more information, read our full press release.

| 20 December 2005 |

Secondary Legislation for May 2006 elections
A package of secondary legislation to improve the security of the postal voting system, announced by Harriet Harman on introduction of the Electoral Administration Bill, was laid in parliament on 19 December 2005.

| 11 October 2005 |

adobe portable document file (pdf) Electoral Administration Bill factsheet [PDF 145kb, 30 pages]
This document sets out the key aims and intentions of the Electoral Administration Bill, it sets out the top three priorities of the Bill.

The Role of the Department for Constitutional Affairs

We are responsible for the legislative framework for UK Parliamentary elections, European Parliamentary elections, and national referendums, including the franchise, their conduct and funding. We are also responsible for the conduct of local elections in England and Wales, and electoral modernisation and e-democracy.

We co-ordinate policy on UK-wide electoral matters. We have a strong commitment to strengthening people's engagement with the democratic process, which includes in-depth research on voter motivation.

European constitution referendum

We also have responsibility for all issues covered by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (in liaison with the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office). This includes working on legislation for the European Constitution referendum.

Working with the Electoral Commission

We work closely with the independent Electoral Commission, on a wide range of issues and legislation.

The Role of the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission's purpose is to increase public confidence and participation in the democratic process within the UK. It was established on 30 November 2000 and is independent of government, non-partisan and directly accountable to Parliament.

Information for voters and candidates


It aims to promote public confidence and encourage people to take part in the democratic process within the United Kingdom by:

The Commission also has a statutory responsibility to evaluate all pilot schemes.

Information for voters and candidates

The Electoral Commission's website contains information for voters and candidates, online versions of its various published reports, and data regarding elections. It is the best source of information about your right to vote, and can provide details of:

In addition, it explains who is entitled to stand as a candidate in UK elections, gives information about applying to register a political party, how donations should be registered and how candidates and election agents can claim expenses.


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