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(1)The Scottish Ministers must by order make provision as to—
(a)the conduct of elections of councillors,
(b)the questioning of such an election and the consequences of irregularities.
(2)Such an order must, in particular—
(a)specify the manner in which the number of votes which will secure the return of a candidate as a councillor is to be calculated,
(b)provide for any candidate with a number of votes which equals or exceeds the number so calculated to be deemed to be elected as a councillor,
(c)make provision as to circumstances in which one or more of the candidates is to be excluded from the election on the basis of the number of votes then credited to those candidates,
(d)make provision as to the transfer of ballot papers from candidates deemed to be elected as councillors or excluded from the election,
(e)specify the value, or the method for calculating the value, to be given to a vote on a transferred ballot paper.
(3)Such an order may, in particular—
(a)make provision about the limitation of the election expenses of candidates,
(b)apply, with or without modifications or exceptions, any provision made by or under any enactment.
(4)Provision made by such an order by virtue of subsection (1)(b) must include provision applying Part III of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2) (“the 1983 Act”) (with such modifications or exceptions as the order may specify).
(5)The return of a councillor may be questioned only under Part III of the 1983 Act as applied by an order under subsection (1).
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