The Electoral Commission

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

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Non-party campaigners

On this page you will find guidance and information for individuals and organisations that campaign in the run up to elections but do not stand as political parties or candidates.

We call these individuals and organisations non-party campaigners. In electoral law they are called third parties.

There are rules non-party campaigners must follow on campaign spending, donations and reporting. We regulate those rules.

In the run-up to certain elections, there is a set time when the rules on spending and donations apply. We call this time the 'regulated period'. The rules will differ depending on which election is being held.

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