There are at least 3 positions that must be filled for both the UK and NI in order to start political parties in these two places. These are:
The party leader does not have any direct responsibilities under PPERA. They lead the party. However, if the party does not have a treasurer at any time, the leader becomes responsible for making sure the party complies with PPERA.
The party treasurer is legally responsible for making sure their party complies with PPERA and looks after the party’s finances.The party treasurer is also the person who the EC will usually be in contact with about the party.
The nominating officer does not have any direct responsibilities under PPERA but they do have responsibilities under the Representation of the People Act 1983. A nominating officer is responsible for authorising candidates to stand on behalf of the party.
Additionally there can be a Campaigns Officer, who carries out the treasurer’s responsibilities for party spending at elections and referendums.
In our case, we also have another big role, which is that of Party Chairman. If we use the constitution we have, then this person would have the following responsibilities:
8.4 The Party Chairman shall have overall responsibility for administration and direction of
the Party organisation. He shall be responsible for ensuring that all efforts are made to
have an active and properly constituted organisation of the Party in every constituency,
financially able to support a parliamentary election campaign.
8.5 The Party Chairman may make such administrative appointments as he sees fit and
may recommend to the NEC the creation of paid administrative posts. The Party Chairman
shall, from time to time, report to the NEC on Party, branch and constituency activity or
ensure that a report is made by an appointed Party officer, as appropriate, on such activity.
Each party must have at least 2 officers. 1 person can fill all 3 roles, but there needs to always be at least 2 people starting the party.
Post below if you think you could fill one of these positions, and do your best to tell us why.