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Notices of proposed names, descriptions and emblems

On these pages you will find information about the names, descriptions and emblems that political parties are applying to register with the Commission for use on ballot papers. Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA), we are responsible for the registration of political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Proposed names, descriptions and emblems are listed on Notices of current applications.

The Commission allows a period of 10 days in which anyone can lodge a statement either objecting to or supporting the registration of a particular name, description or emblem.

The rules on what parties can register are intended to make ballot papers clear and easy to use.

In order to be considered by the Commission as part of our assessment process, any statement you make to us must address whether the name, description or emblem meets or fails to meet these rules.

Our guidance Overview of Party names, descriptions and emblems explains these rules in more detail.

If a statement is received for an application we will summarise the views that we have received, provide the final decision of the Commission and our reasons for making the decision.

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