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The Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2015

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Attendance at allocation of seats for regional members

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63.—(1) At a contested election, the RRO shall make arrangements for making the calculation and allocation referred to in rule 64 as soon as practicable after the RRO receives the statement prepared under rule 61 and the notification under rule 62(3) from each CRO in that region.

(2) No person other than—

(a)the RRO and members of the RRO’s staff;

(b)the candidates on a registered party’s regional list and one other person chosen by each of them;

(c)the individual candidates and one other person chosen by each of them;

(d)the election agent of each individual candidate or registered party standing nominated, or a person acting on that agent’s behalf;

(e)the nominating officer of each registered party standing nominated;

(f)a person who is entitled to attend by virtue of any of sections 6A to 6D of the 2000 Political Parties Act (representatives of the Electoral Commission and accredited observers);

may be present at that calculation and allocation unless permitted by the RRO to attend.

(3) A person not entitled to attend the proceedings for the calculation and allocation referred to in rule 64 shall not be permitted to do so by the RRO unless the RRO—

(a)is satisfied that the efficient conduct of those proceedings will not be impeded; and

(b)has either consulted the election agents or thought it impracticable to do so.

(4) The RRO shall give to—

(a)the nominating officer and election agent of each registered party standing nominated;

(b)each individual candidate and the election agent of each such candidate; and

(c)each CRO for a constituency included in that region,

notice in writing of the place at which the RRO will begin the proceedings under rule 64.

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