Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Electoral Law inquiry

Inquiry status: open - accepting written submissions

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday 3 June 2019, to take account of the European Parliament election scheduled to be held on 23 May 2019.

Scope of the inquiry

Many of the core elements of the law regulating election campaigns in parliamentary constituencies and local authority wards have not been updated since the nineteenth century. Recent prosecutions and investigations have demonstrated that even many experts are confused about how the law should be applied in practice to modern election campaigns.

The DCMS Committee inquiry into “Disinformation and ‘Fake News’” described how the regulation of political campaigns has not kept pace with the development of digital technology.

In 2016, the non-political Law Commissions published a comprehensive set of recommendations for simplifying and updating electoral law, but the Government has declined to implement them, citing lack of time. The Government has, however, made several proposals for further piecemeal reforms and additions to electoral law. 

PACAC is therefore asking how urgent comprehensive reform is, what should be prioritised, and whether there is a need to go beyond the Law Commission’s proposals?

 

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