The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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What is the Electoral Commission's role in referendums?

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) gives us responsibility for:

  • commenting on the wording of the referendum question
  • registering campaigners
  • designating lead campaign organisations
  • regulating campaign spending and donations
  • giving grants to lead campaign organisations
  • the conduct of the poll
  • announcing the result

Find out more onour referendums page.