The Declaration of Relevant Interests submitted by candidates as part of the nomination process for the 2021 House of Keys General Election will not be published online as proposed.
The intention had been to post the completed forms on the Cabinet Office website in order to provide a level of transparency for each candidate and to assist voters in casting their ballots.
The legislation to introduce this new provision was subject to extensive consultation and scrutiny.
However, the Cabinet Office has been informed that sharing the information on the Declaration of Relevant Interests forms would be in breach of data protection legislation.
The Cabinet Office is continuing to work with the Information Commissioner and the Attorney General’s Chambers to ensure the necessary legal framework is put in place to enable the sharing of this information for future elections.
It should also be noted that successful election candidates are required to declare relevant interests, which are then published on the Tynwald website.