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The Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

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Requirements as to election address

49.—(1) The trade union in question must—

(a)subject to paragraph (2), provide every candidate in the election with an opportunity of preparing an election address in his own words and of submitting it to the union to be distributed to the persons who are accorded entitlement to vote in the election;

(b)so far as reasonably practicable, secure that copies of every election address submitted to the union before such time as it may have determined are distributed by the sending of a copy of each such address, with the voting paper for the election, to each of those persons at his proper address;

(c)make such arrangements for the production of the copies to be so distributed as secure that none of the candidates is required to bear any of the expense of producing those copies;

(d)secure that no modification of any election address so submitted is made by any person in any copy of the address to be distributed except, subject to sub-paragraphs (e) and (f), at the request or with the consent of the candidate or where the modification is necessarily incidental to the method adopted for producing that copy;

(e)secure that the same method of producing copies is applied in the same way to every election address so submitted and, so far as reasonably practicable, that no such facility or information as would enable a candidate to gain any benefit from—

(i)the method by which copies of the election addresses are produced; or

(ii)the modifications which are necessarily incidental to that method,

is provided to any candidate without being provided equally to all the others; and

(f)so far as reasonably practicable, secure that the same facilities and restrictions with respect to the preparation, submission, length or modification of an election address and with respect to the incorporation in any such address of a photograph or of any other matter not in words are provided or applied equally to each of the candidates.

(2) Subject to paragraph (1)(f), a trade union may for the purposes of this Article provide that election addresses submitted to it for distribution—

(a)must not exceed such length, not being less than one hundred words, as may be determined by the union; and

(b)may incorporate only such photographs and other matter not in words as the union may determine.

(3) A time determined for the purposes of paragraph (1) as the time by which election addresses for an election must be submitted to the union shall be no earlier than the latest time at which a person may become a candidate in that election.

(4) No person other than the candidate himself shall be subject to any civil or criminal liability in respect of any publication of a candidate’s election address, or of any copy of such an address, which is required to be made for the purposes of this Article.

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