The Electoral Commission was established under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. Its functions include the regulation of party and election finance in the UK and the promotion of greater participation in the electoral process. Documentation on the site includes consultations, annual reports, and guidance for electoral administrators, candidates or agents, parties or campaigners, journalists, and voters.
This section of the Matrix Chambers web site links to the site’s “Articles and Downloads” section, which includes six briefings documents on various aspects of the law relating to elections, published in the run up to the 2015 UK General Election, and a set of similar articles about the 2016 EU Referendum.
During the UK coalition government of 2010-2015 the Deputy Prime Minister was responsible for political and constitutional reform, including electoral reform. Before then the Ministry of Justice was responsible for the legislative framework for UK and European parliamentary elections and national referendums. This archived section of the Ministry of Justice web site has guidance for electoral administrators, including a list of secondary legislation for the Electoral Administration Act 2006 and keeling schedules showing significant amendments to the Representation of the People Act 1983 and the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001.