Returning Officers Communications, Candidate Briefings, Warnings & Police Complaints - 2015 General Election

Joel M Benjamin made this Freedom of Information request to Hastings Borough Council

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Joel M Benjamin

Dear Hastings Borough Council,

The following information is sought in relation to communications, briefings, warnings and complaints issued by council Returning Officer & associated staff to prospective MP candidates, political parties and police in the lead up to, and conduct of, and subsequent enquiries into, the 2015 General Election.

FOIA Questions:

1) Were all GE2015 MP candidates issued with written guidelines including election procedures and spending rules, in line with Electoral Commission guidance? (see below for details)
2) Please provide copies of GE2015 briefing sheets and written guidance provided by the Returning Officer (RO) or Acting Returning Officer (ARO) to prospective MPs.
3) What procedures and processes did the RO or ARO have in place to identify and manage issues threatening the legitimacy of the electoral process relating to MPs expenses? How were they implemented?
4) What complaints were lodged with the RO and ARO regarding electoral integrity and spending issues for GE2015?
5) What documented action did the RO or ARO take to address these complaints?
6) What formal or informal warnings were issued to candidates or political parties?
7) What complaints were referred to local police?

Background: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__...

Yours faithfully,

Joel M Benjamin

Information Officer, Hastings Borough Council

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The following information is sought in relation to communications,
briefings, warnings and complaints issued by council Returning Officer &
associated staff to prospective MP candidates, political parties and
police in the lead up to, and conduct of, and subsequent enquiries into,
the 2015 General Election.
 
FOIA Questions:
 
1) Were all GE2015 MP candidates issued with written guidelines including
election procedures and spending rules, in line with Electoral Commission
guidance? (see below for details)
2) Please provide copies of GE2015 briefing sheets and written guidance
provided by the Returning Officer (RO) or Acting Returning Officer (ARO)
to prospective MPs.
3) What procedures and processes did the RO or ARO have in place to
identify and manage issues threatening the legitimacy of the electoral
process relating to MPs expenses? How were they implemented?
4) What complaints were lodged with the RO and ARO regarding electoral
integrity and spending issues for GE2015?
5) What documented action did the RO or ARO take to address these
complaints?
6) What formal or informal warnings were issued to candidates or political
parties?
7) What complaints were referred to local police?
 
Background:
[2]http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__...
 
 
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under the Freedom of Information Act.  However, in the interests of
transparency, please see attached document - please note that names below
Head of Service level are exempt information under the Freedom of
Information Act ‘personal data’ this is an absolute exemption and will not
be provided.
 
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