The Electoral Commission

This public body was set up on 30 November 2000 under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. It is independent of the Government, not connected to any political organisation and answerable to Parliament. It has a unique role in the UK’s constitution.

The Commission aims to gain public confidence and encourage people to take part in the democratic process within the UK by modernising the electoral process, promoting public awareness of electoral matters and regulating political parties.

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The Commission can be contacted at:

The Electoral Commission, 3 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8YZ. Tel 020 7271 0500. Fax 020 7271 0505.

The Electoral Commission, Lothian Chambers, 59-63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1RN. Tel 0131 225 0200. Fax 0131 225 0205.

The Electoral Commission