About our power to make Regulations

The UK Parliament has given us the power to make Regulations under a number of pieces of primary legislation, including the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and the Representation of the People Act 1983. 

We make these Regulations, not government ministers.

Where necessary, we use our experience of the administration and regulation of elections and referendums to make Regulations to fill in the practical detail of an Act to ensure it works in daily life.

The Regulations we make have legal effect and become part of the rules governing elections and referendums.

We have so far used our powers to create four Regulations.