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The Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2015

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PART 4FINAL PROCEEDINGS IN CONTESTED AND UNCONTESTED ELECTIONS

Declaration of result: constituency members

62.—(1) In a contested election for return of a constituency member, when the result of the poll for the return of a constituency member has been ascertained, the CRO shall forthwith—

(a)declare to be elected the candidate to whom the majority of votes has been given;

(b)complete a certificate in the form R set out in the Appendix and deliver it, or cause it to be delivered, to the Clerk of the Parliament giving that candidate’s name, address and,

(i)if a certificate has been received by the CRO issued by or on behalf of the nominating officer of a registered party under rule 7(1) in respect of that candidate, the name of that party,

(ii)if the candidate’s description on the statement prepared under rule 18 consisted of the word “Independent”, that word; or

(iii)if the candidate had no description on that statement, the words “no description”; and

(c)give public notice of—

(i)that candidate’s name and, unless the candidate had no description on the statement prepared under rule 18, the name of the registered party referred to in sub-paragraph (b)(i) or that the candidate was described on that statement by the word “Independent”; and

(ii)the total number of votes given for each candidate together with the number of rejected ballot papers under each head shown in the statement of rejected ballot papers.

(2) In an uncontested election, the statement of persons nominated for return as a constituency member, in addition to showing the person standing nominated, shall also declare that person elected and paragraph (1)(b) applies to a person so returned as it applies to a person returned under that paragraph.

(3) In any case to which paragraph (1) or (2) applies (except in an election to fill a vacancy in the seat of a constituency member) the CRO shall forthwith also notify the RRO of the candidate who has been returned and, if applicable, the name of the registered party referred to in paragraph (1)(b) or, as the case may be, (2).

Attendance at allocation of seats for regional members

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.

Allocation of seats

64.—(1) The RRO shall calculate the total number of regional votes given for each registered party and each individual candidate in all of the constituencies included in the region by adding together the votes given for that registered party or, as the case may be, individual candidate as shown in the statements received under rule 61.

(2) An individual candidate for return as a regional member or the election agent for such a candidate, or the election agent for a party standing nominated (or, in the absence of such agent, any candidate included in that party’s list) may, prior to the allocation of the seats by the RRO under paragraph (3), if present when the calculation under paragraph (1) (or any recalculation under this paragraph) is completed, require the RRO to recalculate or again recalculate the total number of regional votes given for each registered party and each individual candidate in all of the constituencies included in the region, but the RRO may refuse to do so if in the RRO’s opinion the request is unreasonable.

(3) The RRO shall then allocate the seats in accordance with sections 7 and 8 of the 1998 Act(1) (calculation of regional figures and allocation of seats).

Declaration of results: regional members

65.—(1) When the RRO has allocated the regional member seats the RRO shall forthwith—

(a)announce the individual candidates or the candidates on a registered party’s regional list to whom seats have been allocated;

(b)declare those candidates to have been elected;

(c)return to the Clerk of the Parliament in accordance with paragraph (2) the name and address of each of those persons and,

(i)if the person was returned from the regional list of a registered party, the name of that party;

(ii)if the person was an individual candidate whose description on the statement prepared under rule 19 consisted of the word “Independent”, that word; or

(iii)if the person was an individual candidate who had no description on that statement, the words “no description”;

(d)give public notice—

(i)of the name of any individual candidate elected;

(ii)of the name of any candidate elected who was included on a registered party’s regional list (and the name of the registered party on whose list the candidate was included);

(iii)(in a contested election) of the total number of votes given for each individual candidate or registered party together with the number of rejected ballot papers under each head shown in the statement of rejected ballot papers; and

(iv)whether, in the case of a registered party, there are candidates remaining on that party’s regional list who have not been declared to be elected; and

(e)send a copy of that notice to each CRO for a constituency included in that region.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) the RRO shall return those names required to be returned by—

(a)completing a certificate in the form S set out in the Appendix;

(b)delivering it, or causing it to be delivered, to the Clerk of the Parliament.

Return or forfeiture of deposit

66.—(1) The deposit made under rule 10 is either to be returned to the person making it or to that person’s personal representatives or to be forfeited.

(2) Except in the cases mentioned below in this rule, the deposit shall be returned not later than the next day after that on which the result or results of the election is or are declared.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)—

(a)a day shall be disregarded if it would be disregarded under rule 2 in computing any period of time for the purposes of the timetable for the election; and

(b)the deposit shall be treated as being returned on a day if a cheque for the amount of the deposit is posted on that day.

(4) If a candidate for return as a constituency member is not shown as standing nominated in the statement required by rule 18, or if the poll is countermanded or abandoned by reason of the candidate’s death, the deposit shall be returned as soon as practicable after the publication of the statement or after the candidate’s death, as the case may be.

(5) Where—

(a)a registered party or an individual candidate for return as a regional member is not shown as standing nominated in the statement prepared under rule 19; or

(b)in the case of an individual candidate, that candidate dies,

the deposit shall be returned as soon as practicable after the publication of that statement or the time when the RRO is satisfied of the candidate’s death, as the case may be.

(6) Subject to paragraph (4), the deposit made by or on behalf of a candidate for return as a constituency member shall be forfeited if a poll is taken and, after the counting of the votes by the CRO (including any re-count) is completed, the candidate is found not to have polled more than one twentieth of the total number of votes polled by all the candidates.

(7) Subject to paragraph (5), the deposit made by or on behalf of any individual candidate for return as a regional member or any registered party standing nominated shall be forfeited if after the total number of regional votes given for each registered party and each individual candidate in all of the constituencies included in the region has been calculated (or recalculated) under rule 64, the registered party or individual candidate is found not to have polled more than one twentieth of the total number of votes polled by all the registered parties and individual candidates in all of the constituencies included in the region and has not been allocated a seat under section 8 of the 1998 Act.

(8) Forfeited deposits are to be paid into the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

(1)

Section 8 is modified by rule 65 of S.I. 2010/2999.

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