Election Offences

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to review the maximum fine that can be levied for breaching electoral law.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Electoral Commission is the independent regulatory body responsible for ensuring that elections and referendums are run effectively and in accordance with the law.

The Commission has civil sanctioning powers that apply to referendums and elections. More serious criminal matters can and are referred to the police, and then considered by a court of law.

The Electoral Commission has recommended that its sanctioning powers be increased and the Government is considering this.

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