To: The electoral commission / UK Parliament

Expand the powers of the Electoral Commission against misinformation

Expand the powers of the Electoral Commission against misinformation

Allow the Electoral Commission to enforce fines, levies or any other penalties against purposefully misleading statistics and figures used in election and referendum campaigns.

Why is this important?

After a closely fought contest, and the final result which is beyond contention, we must confront the prospect that a portion of the referendum campaigning was based on misinformation, and sometimes outright lying.

This petition seeks to draw attention to this, given that the tactics used in this referendum on both sides, such as scaremongering, will more than likely be utilised again, and are damaging to the democratic character of this country.

We ask that powers against these be expanded from its current form:

“While we have regulatory duties relating to campaign spending, including in relation to political advertising/election material, we have very few powers to deal with the content of material published by candidates and parties, or their general conduct. In most cases we will not be able to deal with such complaints, which should instead be made directly to the party or candidate responsible for the material.”

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/complaints


Reasons for signing

  • Good Idea!
  • Making decisions on the basis of misinformation is not easy.
  • Everyone has a right to the information needed to make an informed decision.

Updates

2016-06-26 16:44:24 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-06-24 15:26:08 +0100

Thanks all for the support as we pass the 1,000 mark.
I feel that I must re-emphasize that this is a petition on misleading media on -both- sides, though it was much more obvious in the "leave" camp.The most obvious example of this that I saw was the leaflet shown in the link below
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-vote-leave-accused-of-fanning-the-flames-of-division-after-publishing-controversial-a7067701.html
(the suggestion being that Turkey, for example, was "set" to join, despite having to go through another 30 or so parametres regarding economic/social/political factors THEN having to be approved without a veto by every single member in the Council of Europe)

Though, again, both sides were guilty of this - the difference was only in scale. I'm welcome to other suggestions and examples that I can add here too!
Thanks again - C

2016-06-24 15:13:08 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-06-24 14:22:49 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-06-24 13:16:20 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-06-24 10:24:11 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-06-24 08:48:26 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-06-24 08:32:20 +0100

10 signatures reached