A new “Party of Islam” has been rejected by the Electoral Commission in the UK. A spokesperson for the commission said “We refused the application. The proposed constitution did not satisfactorily set out the structure and organisation of the party.”
The party had applied to register with the commission, which is the independent body that oversees elections and regulates political parties in the UK.
The application was submitted on October 13th, just days after the Hames atrocities committed in Israel left more than 1,400 Israelis, mostly civilians, dead.
In its official application, the Party of Islam states “We are a party who has been created to help all of the minority in the land of Great Britain have a voice.”
The Party of Islam has also stated its intention to “help all of the minority in the land of Great Britain have a voice,” further stating: “We will make sure that all problems which lingure (sic) in the great country of Great Britain is defeated.”
The commission said that it had considered the party’s application “in line with the legal tests set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000″.
“We refused the application,” the spokesperson said. “The proposed constitution did not satisfactorily set out the structure and organisation of the party.
“Their proposed financial scheme did not meet the requirements set out in electoral law. Their application form was also non-complaint with electoral law. They have not been registered as a political party.”
The party has the right to appeal the decision.
Previously, The Islamic Party of Britain, formed in 1989, claimed to be the very first national Islamic political organisation in the UK and the only Islamic political party in the non-Muslim Western world.
The party argued that homosexuality needed treatment, was not to be tolerated and that homosexuals should be put to death for a “public display of lewdness.”
It folded in 2006.
Belgium’s ISLAM party.
A similar political party, ISLAM, which wants to introduce Sharia law, has been active in Belgium since 2012. The leaders of the party claim to “fight for the rights of all Muslims.”
Founded to contest 2012 local elections with policies such as gender segregation on public transport, it has failed to make any real impact since.
According to Ricardo Gutiérrez, a Belgian journalist specialising in religious beliefs, “this party is relatively close to, or in line with, the Iranian Shiites.”
In 2018 the party faced calls for it to be banned, including from members of the Muslim communities.
Main image: By Aleem Yousaf – Mosque, Bradford, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40195485