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Electoral Commission help for independent election candidates

News release published: 14-02-2013

The Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, is offering training sessions for people wishing to stand as independent candidates in the elections to the Isle of Anglesey County Council on 2 May 2013.

Kay Jenkins, Head of the Electoral Commission’s Wales Office said:

“It’s important that those considering standing as an independent candidate in the upcoming local elections on the Isle of Anglesey are fully aware of the rules and regulations in place.

“We look forward to working with the Isle of Anglesey County Council and with prospective independent candidates to ensure that this information is communicated effectively making the process of standing for election as straightforward as possible.”

This training session will focus on all aspects associated with standing for election as an independent candidate including nominations, campaigning, the count and election spending and will include detailed presentations from Commission staff as well as from the Returning Officer for the Isle of Anglesey County Council, Richard Parry Jones.

The session will take place at the Bull Hotel, Llangefni from 18:30pm on Wednesday 20 February 2013.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Electoral Commission on 02920 346800. These events are free. Further sessions will be arranged if there is a high demand. The Commission will also provide training sessions for party candidates wishing to stand in these elections (details are available through the respective party headquarters).

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For further information please contact:
Wales Press Office on 02920 346810
Out of Hours 07917 038553

Notes to Editors

  1. The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. Our aim is integrity and public confidence in the UK’s democratic process. We regulate party and election finance and set standards for well-run elections and are responsible for the conduct and regulations of referendums held under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (2000).
  2. In 2008, around 3,200 candidates contested a total of 1,264 seats in Wales’ local government elections and a high percentage of these were independent.
  3. These events are open to anyone considering standing as an independent candidate in the relevant elections and not limited to current independent councillors.



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