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The Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2015

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Publication of statement of persons and parties nominated for return as regional members
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19.—(1) The RRO shall prepare and publish a statement showing—

(a)each registered party which has been and stands nominated together with that party’s regional list;

(b)the persons who have been and stand nominated as individual candidates for return as a regional member; and

(c)any other persons or parties who have been nominated, but who no longer stand nominated, together with the reason why they no longer stand nominated.

(2) The statement shall show the registered parties which have been and stand nominated in alphabetical order with the name and description of the party as given in that list and the names of the candidates who appear on the regional list of each party as given in that list and arranged in the order in which their names appear on that list.

(3) The statement shall also show the names of the persons nominated as individual candidates as given in their individual nomination papers, with the description as “Independent” if that is requested in those papers.

(4) Unless paragraph (5) applies, if a regional list or an individual candidate’s nomination paper gives a person’s commonly used surname or forename in addition to, or instead of, another name the statement shall show the person’s commonly used surname or forename (as the case may be) instead of any other name.

(5) This paragraph applies where the RRO thinks—

(a)that the use of the person’s commonly used name may be likely to mislead or confuse electors; or

(b)that the commonly used name is obscene or offensive.

(6) Where paragraph (5) applies, the RRO must give notice in writing to the candidate of the RRO’s reasons for refusing to allow the use of a commonly used name.

(7) The statement shall show the names and descriptions of the persons standing nominated as individual candidates after the names and descriptions of the registered parties standing nominated and the names of those individual candidates shall be arranged alphabetically in the order of their surnames and, if there are two or more persons with the same surname, of their other names.

(8) In the case of a person nominated by more than one individual nomination paper, the RRO shall take the particulars required by this rule from such one of the papers as the candidate (or the RRO in default of the candidate) may select.

(9) In the case of a registered party which has delivered more than one regional list for a particular region (and which stands nominated by more than one of those lists), the RRO shall take the particulars required by this rule from such one of the lists as the nominating officer of that party (or the RRO in default of that officer) may select; and if any candidate is shown standing nominated by a list not so selected but is not so shown in the selected list, that candidate shall no longer stand nominated.

(10) The RRO shall send a copy of the statement to the Electoral Commission.

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