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Dear Electoral Commission,

Can you tell me how many public comments were made in regards to the applicaion to register People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets as a political party?

Can you publish the assessment of the application? Can you tell me which officer considered the applicaion or was there a panel?

Can you tell me in light of past failings of the Electoral Commission to monitor Tower Hamlets First which was later removed as a political party what measures have been put in to make sure that People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets is monitored properly?

Yours faithfully,

Abdul Hai

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Abdul,

 

Our Ref: FOI 039/18

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act dated 02
March 2018 concerning:

 

Can you tell me how many public comments were made in regards to the
application to register People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets as a political
party?

 

Can you publish the assessment of the application? Can you tell me which
officer considered the applicaion or was there a panel?

 

Can you tell me in light of past failings of the Electoral Commission to
monitor Tower Hamlets First which was later removed as a political party
what measures have been put in to make sure that People's Alliance of
Tower Hamlets is monitored properly?

 

The Commission aims to respond to requests for information promptly and
within the statutory timeframe of twenty working days.

 

You may expect to receive a reply sent from the Commission by 30 March
2018.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Humayra Siddika

Information Management Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

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Dear Mr Hai,

 

Our Ref: FOI 039/18

 

Thank you for your email to the Electoral Commission dated 02 March 2018.

 

The Commission aims to respond to requests for information promptly and
has done so within the statutory timeframe of twenty working days.

 

Your request is in bold below followed by our response.

 

1.    Can you tell me how many public comments were made in regards to the
application to register People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets as a political
party?

 

2.    Can you publish the assessment of the application? Can you tell me
which officer considered the application or was there a panel?

 

3.    Can you tell me in light of past failings of the Electoral
Commission to monitor Tower Hamlets First which was later removed as a
political party what measures have been put in to make sure that People's
Alliance of Tower Hamlets is monitored properly?

 

Our response is as follows:

 

We hold the information you have requested.

 

Question 1

 

10 comments were received by the Commission in regards to the application
to register People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets as a political party.

 

Question 2

 

We have released, under your request, the decision record relating to the
party’s application.

 

The Commission assesses all applications to register political parties
carefully against the requirements set out in the Political Parties,
Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA).

 

A registration application is assessed initially by the Registration Team.
The member of the Registration Team that conducts that initial assessment
makes a recommendation to either approve or reject that application based
on whether or not the application meets the PPERA requirements.  The
assessment is subsequently put to the Commission’s internal Approvals
Board, chaired by the Director of Political Finance and Regulation & Legal
Counsel who takes the final decision on an application. The decision
record thus outlines the final decision on a registration application
along with comments from the Approvals Board, as well as the assessment
conducted by the Registration Team.

 

The Commission’s internal Approvals Board is made up of senior Commission
staff and is chaired by the Director of Political Finance and Regulation &
Legal Counsel. Below is a list of the Approvals Board members for the
People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets application assessment:

·         Bob Posner - Director of Political Finance and Regulation &
Legal Counsel

·         Craig Westwood – Director of Communications & Research

·         Louise Edwards – Head of Regulation

·         Tom Hawthorn  – Head of Policy

·         Rhydian Thomas – Head of Electoral Commission - Wales

·         Ann Watt – Head of Electoral Commission – Northern Ireland

·         Senior Regulatory Lawyer

 

Question 3

 

As a registered political party, People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets must
comply with the rules set out in the Political Parties, Elections and
Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA). This includes submitting quarterly reports
to the Commission of donations and loans over the reporting threshold and
also submitting an annual statement of accounts.  The Commission publishes
these reports on our website.

 

The Commission has a responsibility to ensure that the rules set out in
PPERA are complied with and are enforced equally and fairly amongst all
regulated entities within the scope of the Act. Section 145 of PPERA says
that we ‘must monitor, and take all reasonable steps to secure, compliance
with’ various aspects of PPERA.

 

Where parties are in breach of the PPERA rules then the Commission is
legally empowered to investigate and impose sanctions. The Commission sets
out the way that it ensures this in our Enforcement Policy which can be
found on our website [1]here. This includes an illustration of our
supervisory powers which enable us to monitor compliance of regulated
entities, as well as our powers to obtain information when investigating
possible breaches of the PPERA rules.

 

More detailed information about our role as a regulator of political
funding and spending can be found on our website [2]here.

 

Exemption under section 40

 

You will notice that certain personal details have been redacted from the
documents we are releasing. This redaction is necessary because section
40(2) and (3)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) Act provides
that personal data, where its disclosure would breach one of the data
protection principles, is exempt from disclosure. The first data
protection principle states that personal data must be processed fairly
and lawfully.

 

The Commission also considers that it would be unfair to release the names
and personal contact details of junior officials, who were not employed in
public facing roles and did not act as spokespersons for their employer,
as those individuals would have a reasonable expectation that this
personal data would not be disclosed to the general public.  Other
personal data has been withheld as it relates to sensitive personal data
of identifiable, living individuals.

 

I trust that this information satisfies your request.

If you are not satisfied with this response, please note that the
Commission operates a review procedure, details of which can be found on
the Commission website at:
[3]http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/ab...

Please also note that if you have exhausted all internal Commission review
procedures and you are still not satisfied you have the right to appeal to
the Information Commissioner. Details of this procedure can be found on
the ICO website: [4]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Humayra Siddika

Information Management Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

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[6]yourvotematters.co.uk

 

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