In this section you can find information about how the Commission is governed, and about our key governance documents.
How we are governed
The Speaker's Committee
The Speaker's Committee was established by the same Act of Parliament that created the Electoral Commission. We report to it every year our estimate of income and expenditure, together with a five-year strategic plan.
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Our Commissioners meet on a monthly basis to discuss and review the way we deliver our strategy and priorities. These meetings are attended by all ten of our Commissioners and our Executive Team.
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The Audit Committee
The Committee offers objective advice and ensures that the most efficient, effective and economic risk, control and governance processes are in place. The Audit Committee also acts on behalf of the Commissioners to provide them with assurance on these issues.
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The Parliamentary Parties Panel and Panels for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
The Parliamentary Parties Panel's (PPP) remit is to submit information to us about matters affecting political parties. It was established by the same Act of Parliament that created The Electoral Commission.
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The remit of the following panels is the same as for the Parliamentary Parties Panel, to submit information to us about matters affecting political parties but in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and the Wales Government Assembly respectively.
- Northern Ireland Assembly Parties Panel
- Scottish Parliament Political Parties Panel
- Wales Political Parties Panel
The Parliamentary Advisory Group
The Parliamentary Advisory Group (PAG) is made up of senior politicians whose expertise we use to help us consider issues within our remit. The group has no formal status, unlike the Parliamentary Parties Panel, whose existence is required by law.
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Our Corporate Governance Framework (PDF) outlines our scheme of delegation and Audit Committee terms of reference.
Our Code of Conduct for Commissioners (PDF) provides clear guidance on the standard of behaviour expected of an Electoral Commissioner.
Appendices to the Code of Conduct:
Appendix 1: Political and legal exclusions
Appendix 2: Declaring interests
Appendix 3: Declaring gifts and hospitality
Appendix 4: Claiming fees and travel and subsistence
Appendix 5: Information management
Appendix 6: The Nolan principles
Appendix 7: Anti Bribery policy
Appendix 8: Anti Fraud policy