Rules to follow in campaigning

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ON Thursday, May 5, voters will decide who represents them in local elections across England.

There will also be a referendum on whether we use the ‘first past the post’ or ‘alternative vote’ system to elect MPs to the UK Parliament.

Many of your readers will want to get involved in campaigning in the referendum and elections.

This could be by setting up a campaign group, standing as a candidate or starting a political party.

And it is important that members of the public can get involved, but they should be aware that there are rules they need to follow.

These are set out on our website: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/guidance and I would encourage everyone planning to play an active role in the campaigns to check the rules.

PETER WARDLE

Chief Executive

Electoral Commission