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Electoral Commission to give evidence on digital campaigning

17 June 2019

The Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission, Bob Posner, will give evidence to MPs on the Sub-Committee on Disinformation with a focus on digital campaigning, drawing on the recent EU elections.

Scope of the session

The Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission, Bob Posner, will give evidence to MPs on the Sub-Committee on Disinformation with a focus on digital campaigning, drawing on the recent EU elections.

The session on Tuesday 18 June will discuss the Government’s intention to extend rules that identify the source of political advertising to cover digital election material, and to consider what impact such rules might have had on the outcome of the European elections had they been in place.

MPs will discuss the Electoral Commission’s call for the Brexit Party to change its process for collecting online donations in order to comply with the law and avoid risking accepting donations that would breach it. 

Questions will also address election funding and party political donations, particularly the use of online payment services providers, and issues involving donations under £500. 

The second panel will consider research from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue on the influence of online operations on elections and the use of digital payments.

Witnesses

Tuesday 18 June 2019, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am:

  • Bob Posner, Chief Executive, Electoral Commission
  • Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation, Electoral Commission

At 11.30am:

  • Sasha Havlicek, CEO, ISD Global
  • Chloe Colliver, Lead, Digital Research Unit, ISD Global
  • Philip Gradwell, Chain Analysis
  • Tom Packalén, Chair of the Board, Utopia Analytics

Further information

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