The British National Party is attempting to re-register as a British political party after it was struck off the list of recognised parties earlier this year.
The far-right group was removed after it failed to submit an annual official notification and a £25 fee to the watchdog The Electoral Commission.
It has now launched an eleventh-hour effort to regain its status in time for the general election.
Party statements have been published on the Commission's website as part of its formal attempt to be reinstated.
The BNP has previously blamed a "clerical error" for the de-registration and insisted it would field candidates for the London mayor race and some local elections once it is reinstated.
Former British National Party leader Nick Griffin has issued a statement explaining his ousting as party head, insisting he is staying within the right-wing political party.
On the BNP website, Griffin said:
Nick Griffin has "stepped aside" as chairman of the British National Party following a meeting of the BNP's National Executive on July 19th.
Mr Griffin will now become the party's president, while former teacher Adam Walker has taken on the role of Acting Chairman.
The party suffered a series of defeats in the recent European and local elections, with none of their MEPs re-elected.
The Church of England may dismiss clergy if they back political parties promoting the "sin of racism", its bishops agreed today.
William Fittall, secretary general of the Church's General Synod, said they would be disciplined if they joined or sought support for the British National Party or National Front, whose views the Church considers incompatible with its teachings.
It is the first time Church of England clergy have been banned from joining a political party.
The British National Party leader has attacked the UK Independence Party after Ukip claimed it was "reclaiming" the slogan 'Love Britain Vote Ukip' from the BNP who had previously used a similar line.
Nick Griffin accused Ukip of being a "cheap...knock-off copy of the BNP's genuine alternative to the out-of-touch old parties."
Ukip has claimed it is "reclaiming" the slogan "Love Britain Vote Ukip" after it emerged the BNP had used a similar line.
The slogan was draped on large banners on either side of the main conference stage in Torquay, where Ukip is holding its spring gathering today. It is also on the cover of a conference brochure.
In the past, the BNP used the slogan "Love Britain Vote BNP", together with an image of Marmite.
The comparison was highlighted on the Guido Fawkes Order Order blog as party members gathered at the conference.
A Ukip spokeswoman said Ukip was "reclaiming" the line by using it.
A teacher who is an activist with the British National Party has taken the Education Secretary and the regulatory body to court after he was struck off for life.
Adam Walker is challenging the ban authorised by Michael Gove which followed him receiving a suspended sentence for verbally abusing three schoolboys, chasing them in his car and slashing the tyres on their bikes with a Stanley knife.
At the Administrative Court sitting in Leeds, the 44-year-old claimed the decision to ban him for life was "prejudiced" because of his BNP support.
Mr Walker, an IT teacher who qualified in 2000, appeared before a conduct committee in 2010 after he labelled some immigrants "savage animals" on an internet forum using a school laptop.
The BNP's head press officer Simon Darby reportedly said "Michael Schumacher has millions in the bank, but he'd do anything to be in Nick's (Griffin) position now" after the party's leader was declared bankrupt.
The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last Sunday, remains in an artificially-induced coma in hospital.
BNP leader Nick Griffin will be automatically discharged from bankruptcy in one year, on January 2 2015, in accordance with the Insolvency Act.
He was elected as a member of the European Parliament for the North West region of England in 2009. He has vowed to stand again in May.
The Electoral Commission said bankruptcy in itself does not bar someone from being an MEP or standing for election, but only if a bankruptcy restrictions order or debt relief restrictions order was made - which did not occur in Mr Griffin's case.
The BNP leader Nick Griffin has confirmed he has been declared bankrupt, but that it does not affect his role as an MEP:
A listing at the Insolvency Service showed Mr Griffin was declared bankrupt at Welshpool and Newtown County Court yesterday.