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Election Maladministration

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how maladministration in the conduct of an election is (a) investigated and (b) redressed; and if she will make a statement. (76536)

The outcome of an election, and any maladministration complained of, may only be challenged by the issue of an election petition. A special election court is constituted to hear the petition.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what redress is available to a person who believes that an electoral Returning Officer has acted improperly in conducting an election and has caused that person to suffer harm and loss. (76537)

A person who believes that the Returning Officer has acted improperly in conducting an election has the option as part of an election petition to request such further relief or remedy as the court may deem to be just.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints have been received regarding the conduct of an electoral returning officer in each of the last five years. (76538)

Formal challenges to the conduct of an electoral returning officer are by way of election petition. The number of election petitions logged and heard, or to be heard, for England and Wales in each of the last five years is as follows:

Number

2006

8

2005

3

2004

6

2003

7

2002

5