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Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962

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53Right to send election address post free.N.I.

F1(1)A candidate at a parliamentary[F2 or local] election shall, subject to[F3 such reasonable terms and conditions as the universal service provider may specify]F4, be entitled to send free of any charge for postage[F3 which would otherwise be made by a universal service provider] to each elector one postal communication containing matter relating to the election only and not exceeding two ounces in weight.

(2)A person shall not be deemed to be a candidate for the purposes of this section unless he is shown as standing validly nominated in the statement of persons nominated, but until the publication of that statement any person who declares himself to be a candidate shall be entitled to exercise the right of free postage conferred by this section if he gives such security as may be required by[F3 the universal service provider concerned]F4 for the payment of postage should he not be shown as standing validly nominated as aforesaid.

(3)For the purposes of this section, candidates who are, under sub-section (4) of section forty-two, deemed to be joint candidates shall be treated as a single candidate.

[F3(4)In this section universal service provider has the same meaning as in the Postal Services Act 2000.]

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F1Ext. (local elections), SI 1977/428

F2SI 1985/454

F3SI 2001/1149

F4To be construed as Post Office, 1969 c.48

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