Our vision and goals

Our vision is to be a world-class public sector organisation — innovative, delivering great value and getting right what matters most to voters and legislators.

We plan to achieve this vision through a five-year work programme with four goals.

Goal 1

To enable the continued delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible

Goal 2

To ensure an increasingly trusted and transparent system of regulation in political finance, overseeing compliance, promoting understanding amongst those regulated and proactively pursuing breaches

Goal 3

To be an independent and respected centre of expertise, using knowledge and insight to further the transparency, fairness and efficiency of our democratic system, and help adapt it to the modern, digital age

Goal 4

To provide value for money, making best use of our resources and expertise to deliver services that are attuned to what matters most to voters. This goal underpins and supports all of our work

The changing context

The last five years have seen a lot of changes to our working environment. Increased numbers of complex electoral events (planned and unplanned), cuts to public sector funding, and an increased need to maintain public confidence in the integrity of elections have been key features of this.

These trends have had an important effect on our work, the work of the wider electoral community, and voters — and they are likely to continue. We aim to be robust in dealing with them, as we provide support and oversight to the electoral community (including candidates and parties), improve our effective regulation of elections, and directly deliver referendums (where necessary).

We've also tried to make sure that this plan gives us enough flexibility to respond to unscheduled external events, as we may need to reprioritise our work accordingly.

Our goals and priorities over the next five years

Read the corporate plan in full

Last updated: 29 July 2019
Next review: 30 May 2020