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(1)In the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (asp 9), after section 3 insert—
(1)The Scottish Ministers may by order make provision as to the publication of information about votes cast at elections of councillors.
(2)Such an order may, in particular—
(a)specify information to which the provisions shall apply,
(b)make provision about access to information to facilitate publication,
(c)specify limitations on the publication of information,
(d)make provision relating to votes cast in part of an electoral ward.
(3)Nothing may be done by virtue of an order under this section which would make it possible to ascertain whether or not a particular elector voted.
(4)An order under this section may make provision which applies to any voting information held by virtue of this Act in relation to the local government elections held in 2007.”.
(2)In section 16 of that Act (orders and regulations)—
(a)in subsection (3) after “3(1)” insert “, 3A”,
(b)in subsection (5), at the end of paragraph (a) insert—
“(aa)order containing provisions made under section 3A,”.
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