Scottish Affairs Committee Press Notice

Announcement 15 of Session 2006-07

26 October 2007

The Experience of the Scottish Elections

Public Evidence Session at the House of Commons

The Scottish Affairs Committee will take oral evidence in public on The Experience of the Scottish Elections at the House of Commons at 11.00 am on Tuesday 13 November.

The witnesses will be Peter Wardle, Chief Executive, Andrew Scallan, Director of Electoral Administration and Boundaries, and Andy O'Neil, Head of Scotland Office, The Electoral Commission. Evidence will also be taken from the Scotland Office (date and time to be announced shortly).

On 23 October, the Independent Review of the 3 May 2007 elections in Scotland was published. The Review, commissioned by The Electoral Commission and led by Canadian elections expert Ron Gould, found that the voter was ‘treated as an afterthought’ in the planning and organisation of the elections. This evidence session will examine how voters’ interests can be protected and the role of the Scotland Office in administering elections in Scotland.