The Electoral Commission

We also work to ensure voters know everything they need to know about the process of casting their vote. 

 Our role as regulator of political party finances 

We work to make sure people understand the rules around political party finance. Alongside this work, we also take action when the rules are broken and publish information on political finance. 

 Registering political parties 

We maintain and publish the registers of political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. A political party has to be registered with us in order to field candidates at an election. 


We do a wide range of research around elections and referendums, electoral registration and party and election finance. This ensures that our views and recommendations are evidence-based. 

 Public awareness 

We run campaigns before elections and referendums to make sure people are aware of when and how to register to vote and anything else they need to know. 

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