The UK Government is proposing the introduction of a strategy and policy statement for the Electoral Commission.
The statement would set out the UK Government’s priorities for electoral matters, and give us strategic direction. It would be approved by the UK Parliament, following statutory consultation.
Parliamentary oversight and scrutiny of our work is essential in ensuring that as an organisation we command broad trust and confidence, and we are positive about measures which strengthen assurance and oversight.
Within the context of this measure, and the statements which result from it under the current and future governments, it is important that we can continue to work independently and deliver all the duties we have been given. There should be no actual or perceived involvement from government in our operational functions or decision-making. Our independence must be clear for people to see, as this underpins fairness and trust in the electoral system.
In addition to the UK Parliament, we report to and are funded by the Scottish Parliament and the Senedd. We therefore expect that the statement, and the related processes, will reflect and not undermine this important shared accountability.