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Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020

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22Service declarations: further provision

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(1)The 2001 Regulations are amended as follows.

(2)In regulation 25 (reminders to electors registered pursuant to a declaration), after paragraph (4) insert—

(5)In relation to the registration of local government electors in Wales, paragraphs (6) and (7) apply in the case of a person registered in pursuance of a service declaration made by virtue of a service qualification under section 14(1A) of the 1983 Act.

(6)The registration officer must send to the person a reminder that the person’s declaration will cease to have effect, and that the person’s entitlement to remain registered will cease, when the person attains the age of 18.

(7)The reminder must be sent as soon as practicable within the period of 3 months ending on the day on which the person attains the age of 18.

(3)In regulation 26B (power to request additional evidence where certain information is unavailable or where the registration officer considers it necessary)—

(a)in paragraph (7)—

(i)for “(6)” substitute “(6A)”;

(ii)after sub-paragraph (c) insert—

(ca)in relation to the registration of local government electors in Wales, a service declaration on the grounds that the applicant has a service qualification under section 14(1A) of the 1983 Act;;

(b)after paragraph (9) insert—

(9A)In the case of an application in pursuance of a service declaration within paragraph (7)(ca), the registration officer may require that the applicant give the officer one of the following documents or a copy of one of them certified by a relevant official—

(a)the applicant’s passport, or

(b)the applicant’s identity card issued in the European Economic Area.

(9B)In paragraph (9A), “relevant official” means—

(a)a Crown Servant (within the meaning of regulation 14),

(b)a British Council employee, or

(c)an officer of the forces (within the meaning of section 59(1) of the 1983 Act),

who is not the applicant’s parent, guardian, spouse or civil partner.

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