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Electoral Commission statement on publication of donation and loans in Northern Ireland

Published: 4 Jul 2017

Following the announcement by the Secretary State for Northern Ireland, Ann Watt, Head of the Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland said:

“Transparency is an essential component to increasing public confidence in the democratic process.  We welcome the announcement today that the UK Government will now legislate to allow the Commission to publish details of donation and loan reports in Northern Ireland.

The Electoral Commission has consistently called for increased transparency on how political parties are funded in Northern Ireland. We will work closely with the UK Government and the political parties to deliver changes to the publication of donations and loans in Northern Ireland. We expect that that the first donation and loan report will be published in the autumn.

While all reportable donations and loans received from 1July 2017 will now be published by the Commission, we would also like to see the necessary legislation put in place, as soon as possible, to allow us to publish details of donations and loans received since January 2014. Such a move will only help to further enhance today’s positive announcement on future transparency.”

EndsFor further information please contact Cahir Hughes on 028 9089 4023 or press@electoralcommission.org.uk Out of office hours - 07789 920 414.

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  1. The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:
  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focussing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
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