21 Dec 2007
The Electoral Commission has today issued the British National Party with a civil penalty of £1,000 for failure to submit its 2006 statement of accounts within the prescribed timescale.
Section 45 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA), requires that parties with a total income or gross expenditure of more than £250,000 submit an annual statement of accounts within six months and one week of their accounting year end. The deadline for the BNP 2006 statement of accounts to be submitted to the Commission was 7 July 2007.
Where parties fail to comply with the deadline, the Electoral Commission has the power to issue a civil penalty under section 147 of PPERA.
The statement of accounts can be viewed on the Electoral Commission website, www.electoralcommission.org.uk
For further information contact:
The Electoral Commission press office on 0207 271 0531
Out of office hours 07789 920414
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 UKs democratic process. We regulate party and election finance and set standards for well-run elections.
2. Monies received by the Electoral Commission through the issuing of civil penalties are passed to the consolidated fund.
3. A civil penalty will be imposed on any party that submits late statements of accounts. The Electoral Commission will do this once the accounts have been submitted, as the level of fine depends on how late the accounts are received.