How the Elections Act is changing UK elections

Only days before the 2022 May elections, new laws have been rushed through parliament, with amendments and approval (Royal Assent) occuring within the space of less than 24 hours. This means that in future, elections will be very different. The government has pushed through changes which it says will ensure greater protection against election fraud,…Read more How the Elections Act is changing UK elections

The UK Elections Bill will remove the Electoral Commission’s independence

The Elections Bill is working it's way through the UK Parliament and some of the reforms would remove independence from the Electoral Commission, by allowing the government to set 'Strategy and Policy Statement' which the Commission would have to follow. I spoke to John Pienaar on Times Radio, explaining the background and the problem. For…Read more The UK Elections Bill will remove the Electoral Commission’s independence

UK Electoral Data

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust have commissioned Paul Bernal and I to look at the topic of UK Electoral Data. The electoral process generates enormous volumes of data. The widespread availability of the data is important for democratic participation. It enables patterns of (non)participation to be traced and interventions to be developed to encourage turnout…Read more UK Electoral Data

Covid and Elections – new case study on lessons from Ghana available

The covid pandemic has been a profound challenge to electoral integrity worldwide. Our research project on covid and elections, funded by UKRI, has been tracing developments worldwide and identifying best practices. Country cases are being published regularly, and the case study on Ghana is now available. Download: https://www.idea.int/sites/default/files/managing-elections-under-covid-19-pandemic-conditions-the-case-of-ghana.pdf Read all materials: Elections and Covid-19 —…Read more Covid and Elections – new case study on lessons from Ghana available