March 2015

It’s purdah time

election countYou’ve probably heard a lot of references to purdah recently – but what is purdah and what does it mean to you?

Basically, purdah is the period of time from when an election is announced until after the election is held. The purdah period starts on Thursday 26 March, which means there will be restrictions on publicity from this council until after the elections on 7 May. 

The restrictions do not mean that we cannot undertake any publicity, but we must ensure that during purdah any publicity we are involved in must not be perceived as giving support to a candidate, their supporters, or a particular political party. We must also avoid issuing any publicity that deals with controversial issues or which reports views or policies in a way that identifies them with individual councillors or groups of councillors. For example, we cannot quote councillors in press releases or issue photos of them during this period. 

If you have any questions or concerns about any publicity matters you are involved in during the purdah period please contact Corporate Communications or Paul Hughes, Democratic Services Manager.


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