To register as a political party in the UK, groups must:
- Register with the Commission, which maintains two party registers, one for Great Britain and one for Northern Ireland.
Registration was introduced to ensure proper regulation of party finances. Once registered, the party is subject to
strict financial controls.
- Choose to register in either Great Britain or Northern Ireland or both. If registering in Great Britain, the party
can decide whether or not to be registered in each of England, Scotland and Wales. Parties can only contest elections
in the part(s) of the UK in which they are registered.
- Decide whether the party headquarters will manage the finances of the whole party, or whether they should register 'accounting
units', which manage their own finances independently of the party headquarters (for example, a constituency party of a national
- Submit to the Commission
- an application form giving details of the: party name; at least two party officers; where in the UK the party is to be
registered; and whether the party will have any accounting units;
- a copy of the party's constitution;
- a financial scheme showing how the party will comply with the financial controls;
- a fee of £150.
The Commission cannot register parties failing to supply all relevant information, and can refuse to register a party if
it considers that its name may cause offence or confusion with other parties.
Once registered, parties are required to ensure that they maintain an accurate entry on the register of political parties.
Changes to party details must be forwarded to the Commission, and an annual confirmation of details must also be submitted.
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English Local Council Elections 3 May
On 3 May 2007 elections are taking place in most Local Councils, except in London.
To find out if elections are happening in your area, go to the elections page.
If you want to vote, you need to register by 18 April.
If you’re unsure whether you have registered, or you wish to change your details, contact your local electoral registration office.
On 3 May, polling stations will be open 7am to 10pm.
If you want to vote, but won’t be near your polling station on the day, you can apply to vote by post or proxy.
So if you want to vote on anything from housing or recycling to street cleaning or sports facilities, make sure nothing
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