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7(1)Where the Electoral Commission propose to impose a discretionary requirement on a person, they must serve on the person a notice of what is proposed.S

(2)A person served with a notice under sub-paragraph (1) may make written representations and objections to the Commission in relation to the proposed imposition of the discretionary requirement.

(3)After the end of the period for making such representations and objections (see paragraph 8(2)) the Commission must decide whether—

(a)to impose the discretionary requirement, with or without modifications, or

(b)to impose any other discretionary requirement that the Commission have power to impose under paragraph 6.

(4)The Commission may not impose a discretionary requirement on a person if, taking into account (in particular) any matter raised by the person, the Commission are no longer satisfied as mentioned in paragraph 6(1) or (2) (as applicable).

(5)Where the Commission decide to impose a discretionary requirement on a person, they must serve on the person a notice specifying what the requirement is.

(6)A person on whom a discretionary requirement is imposed may appeal against the decision to impose the requirement on the ground—

(a)that the decision was based on an error of fact,

(b)that the decision was wrong in law,

(c)in the case of a variable monetary penalty, that the amount of the penalty is unreasonable,

(d)in the case of a non-monetary discretionary requirement, that the nature of the requirement is unreasonable, or

(e)that the decision is unreasonable for any other reason.

(7)An appeal under sub-paragraph (6) is to a sheriff and must be made within the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which the notice under sub-paragraph (5) is received.

(8)Where an appeal under sub-paragraph (6) is made, the discretionary requirement is suspended from the day on which the appeal is made until the day on which the appeal is determined or withdrawn.

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