AEA comment on Electoral Commission review of 2019 MP recall petitions

10 Oct 2019

The Electoral Commission have today published a report on this year’s MP recall petitions in Peterborough and Brecon & Radnorshire. (include link https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/elections-and-referendums/past-elections-and-referendums/recall-petitions/process-challenge-a-sitting-mp-review-2019-recall-petitions)

AEA Chief Executive Peter Stanyon, said: “With three recall petitions having now taken place, it is incredibly helpful to review and share emerging good practice.

“Petition Officers and electoral administrators in Peterborough and Powys did an exceptional job overcoming practical challenges, and their hard work must be acknowledged – particularly as each petition coincided with large-scale elections, placing additional strain on resources.

“It is also evident that the legislation needs further clarification. While we welcome the Commission’s recommendation on reviewing the appropriate length of time for the petition period, we would go further and question if a petition needs to remain open once the percentage threshold of signatures has been reached.”