A grant is a private donation from an existing party. A grant can be made in one of two ways:
Option 1 : A formal proposal has to be made to the Electoral Commission which will ask for your party’s registration (this is the default option). If you are not satisfied with the Electoral Commission’s initial decision, then you can apply and the Electoral Commission will decide which party will receive the grant.
: A formal proposal has to be made to the Electoral Commission which will ask for your party’s registration (this is the default option). If you are not satisfied with the Electoral Commission’s initial decision, then you can apply and the Electoral Commission will decide which party will receive the grant. Option 2: In general, a candidate must become a registered political party before they can receive a grant. A candidate can become a registered political party if they:
have joined a party during a general election that was registered earlier in the year, or
became a registered political party within a number of days of the start of the general election which was registered earlier in the year, or
the campaign committee of a political party nominated you to be the party’s candidate.
It is important to note that, after a party is registered to support the candidate, they don’t become party to the candidate’s election (i.e. they become independent of the candidate).
Can a party that receives a grant use the money to run their election campaign?
No, a party receiving a grant can spend the money only on campaign activities as set out in section 8 of the Elections Act 2010. The full costs of the election campaign will be revealed by the Electoral Commission shortly after the vote has been published.
What happens if a party doesn’t have permission to run an election?
Section 8 of the Elections Act 2010 states:
A party that does not have permission to run a particular election may ask the Electoral Commission, or its agent, for permission.
A party that fails to request a permission may lose their election eligibility. The Electoral Commission is required to give a permission or refuse a permission to a voter when the voter is not eligible to vote for that party (Section 19 of the Act).
Is there a difference between funding a specific election and paying for an election campaign?
Parties that have applied and been granted a grant cannot use the grant for any other campaign that takes place at the same time as the election campaign that led to the grant. This
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