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Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013

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Imposition of discretionary requirements

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6(1)The Electoral Commission may impose one or more discretionary requirements on a person if satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the person has committed a campaign offence listed in Part 7.

(2)The Commission may impose one or more discretionary requirements on a permitted participant if satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the responsible person—

(a)has committed a campaign offence listed in Part 7, or

(b)has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by paragraph 23(2), (3) or (4) of schedule 4.

(3)For the purposes of this schedule a “discretionary requirement” is—

(a)a requirement to pay a monetary penalty to the Commission of such amount as the Commission may determine up to a maximum of £10,000, (but see also sub-paragraph (6)),

(b)a requirement to take such steps as the Commission may specify, within such period as they may specify, to secure that the offence or failure to comply does not continue or recur, or

(c)a requirement to take such steps as the Commission may specify, within such period as they may specify, to secure that the position is, so far as possible, restored to what it would have been if the offence or failure to comply had not happened.

(4)Discretionary requirements may not be imposed on the same person on more than one occasion in relation to the same act or omission.

(5)In this schedule—

  • “variable monetary penalty” means such a requirement as is referred to in sub-paragraph (3)(a),

  • “non-monetary discretionary requirement” means such a requirement as is referred to in sub-paragraph (3)(b) or (c).

(6)In the case of a variable monetary penalty imposed under sub-paragraph (1) or (2)(a), where the offence in question is—

(a)triable summarily only, and

(b)punishable on summary conviction by a fine (whether or not it is also punishable by a term of imprisonment),

the amount of the penalty may not exceed the maximum amount of that fine.

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