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Compendium of Election Laws, Practices and Cases of Selected Commonwealth Countries

Volume 2, Part 2

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Volume 2 deals with actual election cases, grouped by subject. Each of the two parts contains five themes. Theme 1: Election Management Bodies, Theme 2: Electoral Boundaries, Theme 3: Registration of Voters, Theme 4: Nomination of Candidates Theme, 5: Voting Theme, 6: Election Irregularities, Theme 7: Political Parties, Theme 8: Election Expenses, Theme, 9: The Media, Theme 10: Miscellaneous.

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Brian Houston et al v British Broadcasting Corporation

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) planned to broadcast an extended interview on the Panorama Programme with the British Prime Minister on the eve of local government elections in Scotland. An action was brought against the BBC to prevent the programme being broadcast as planned. The action was based on two issues, namely, that, if the BBC were to broadcast in Scotland an extended interview with the Prime Minister on the Panorama Programme that evening, they would be in breach of their duty, under conditions of their licence, to treat controversial subjects with due impartiality; secondly, if such a prima facie case had been made out, the balance of convenience favoured the granting of interim interdict to prevent the programme being broadcast until after 9 p.m. on Thursday 6th April following the close of the poll in the local government elections which were to take place in Scotland on that day.

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