What does an election pact look like
When we use the term 'election pact' we mean where a party or candidate reaches an agreement not to stand a candidate in a seat, in order to give another candidate or party a better chance of winning the seat.
This could be an informal arrangement in a single seat or a more organised agreement by several parties across several seats. We have considered the rules in the following examples:
- you are party A and you want to enter a pact with Party B. You publicise this and in doing so promote your party to voters.
- you are Party A and you reach an agreement with Party B that you will not stand a candidate in a constituency. You do not announce the pact or campaign in any way.
- You are party A and you reach an agreement with Party B that you will not stand a candidate in a constituency. You announce this publicly but you do not campaign.
- you are Party A and you reach an agreement with Party B. You publicise the pact and promote the party or candidate of Party B in the constituency.
- you are Party A involved in a pact with several other parties across constituencies. There are public announcements and campaigning.
If your party is campaigning for:
- a candidate that is not standing in the name of your party
- another party
you might be treated as a non-party campaigner.
You should carefully consider in what capacity you are acting and where any spending should be reported. How you report spending will be a matter of the facts in each instance.