Responses to a discussion document published by The Electoral Commission in March 2002, have informed the issues and questions raised in today's document. In particular, it will look at issues of transparency and accountability, while also seeking to ensure full and equal access to information for electors and a platform for free speech for campaigners.
Electoral commissioner Karamjit Singh said: 'The internet and other online communication technologies will increasingly play a significant role in helping campaigners to communicate with voters. We welcome opportunities to provide voters with more information, but we need to establish whether these new technologies raise concerns about the use of online campaign material.' The full consultation paper can be viewed on the Commission's website at www.electoralcommission.org.uk
Submissions to The Electoral Commission must be received no later than Tuesday 5 November 2002. The Electoral Commission will submit its recommendations to the Government and publish a final report outlining the recommendations in detail in 2003.
These reviews form part of a series of policy reviews being carried out by the Commission, following publication of its report, 'General election 2001: the official results'.
1. The Electoral Commission is an independent body established by parliament. It aims to ensure public confidence and participation in the democratic process within the United Kingdom through modernisation of the electoral process, promotion of public awareness of electoral matters, and regulation of political parties.
2. Any submissions on the issues covered by this paper should be sent to Tom Hawthorn, Assistant Electoral Policy Manager, The Electoral Commission, Trevelyan House, 30 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW or email email@example.com