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European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004

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This is a draft item of legislation. This draft has since been made as a UK Statutory Instrument: The European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004 No. 293

  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 General

    1. 1.Citation, commencement and extent

    2. 2.Interpretation

    3. 3.Conduct of poll and count in the electoral region

    4. 4.Deputies and assistance

    5. 5.Polling districts and places

    6. 6.Rules for European Parliamentary elections

    7. 7.Manner of voting

    8. 8.Absent vote at elections for an indefinite period

    9. 9.Absent vote at a particular election and absent voters list

    10. 10.Proxies at elections

    11. 11.Voting as proxy

    12. 12.Offences as to declarations

    13. 13.Absent voting

    14. 14.Modification of the Regulations for 2004 elections

    15. 15.Returning officers

    16. 16.Payments by and to returning officers

    17. 17.Taxation of returning officer’s account

    18. 18.Effect of registers

    19. 19.Effect of misdescription

    20. 20.Discharge of registration duties

    21. 21.Payment of expenses of registration

    22. 22.Registration appeals

    23. 23.Personation

    24. 24.Offences relating to specified documents

    25. 25.Other voting offences

    26. 26.Breach of official duty

    27. 27.Tampering with nomination papers, ballot papers, etc

    28. 28.False statement in nomination papers

    29. 29.Offences in connection with candidature

    30. 30.Requirement of secrecy

    31. 31.Prohibition on publication of exit polls

  3. PART 2 The Election Campaign

    1. 32.Interpretation of Part 2

    2. 33.Computation of time for purposes of Part 2

    3. 34.Appointment of election agent

    4. 35.Appointment of sub-agent

    5. 36.Office of election agent and sub-agent

    6. 37.Effect of default in election agent’s appointment

    7. 38.Control of donations to candidates

    8. 39.Payment of expenses through election agent

    9. 40.Candidate’s personal expenses, and petty expenses

    10. 41.Expenses incurred otherwise than for election purposes

    11. 42.Prohibition of expenses not authorised by election agent

    12. 43.Limitation of election expenses for candidates

    13. 44.Time for sending in and paying claims

    14. 45.Disputed claims

    15. 46.Election agent’s claim

    16. 47.Return as to election expenses

    17. 48.Declarations as to election expenses

    18. 49.Penalty for failure as respects return or declarations

    19. 50.Authorised excuses for failures as to return and declarations

    20. 51.Court’s power to require information from election agent or sub-agent

    21. 52.Duty of appropriate officer to forward returns and declarations to Electoral Commission

    22. 53.Publication of time and place for inspection of returns and declarations

    23. 54.Inspection of returns and declarations

    24. 55.Meaning of “election expenses”

    25. 56.Incurring of election expenses for purposes of regulation 55

    26. 57.Property, goods, services etc provided free of charge or at a discount

    27. 58.Candidate’s right to send election address post free

    28. 59.Broadcasting from outside United Kingdom

    29. 60.Broadcasting of local items during election period

    30. 61.Imitation poll cards

    31. 62.Disturbances at election meetings

    32. 63.Officials not to act for candidates

    33. 64.Illegal canvassing by police officers

    34. 65.False statements as to candidates

    35. 66.Corrupt withdrawal from candidature

    36. 67.Payments for exhibition of election notices

    37. 68.Details to appear on election publications

    38. 69.Prohibition of paid canvassers

    39. 70.Providing money for illegal purposes

    40. 71.Bribery

    41. 72.Treating

    42. 73.Undue influence

    43. 74.Rights of creditors

    44. 75.Savings as to European Parliamentary elections

  4. PART 3 Vacancies

    1. 76.By-elections

  5. PART 4 Legal Proceedings

    1. 77.Interpretation of Part 4

    2. 78.Computation of time for purposes of Part 4

    3. 79.Method of questioning European Parliamentary elections

    4. 80.Presentation and service of European Parliamentary election petitions

    5. 81.Time for presentation or amendment of European Parliamentary election petition

    6. 82.Constitution of election court and place of trial

    7. 83.Judges' expenses

    8. 84.Security for costs

    9. 85.Petition at issue

    10. 86.List of petitions

    11. 87.Trial of election issue

    12. 88.Witnesses

    13. 89.Duty to answer relevant questions

    14. 90.Expenses of witnesses

    15. 91.Conclusion of trial of European Parliamentary election petition

    16. 92.Special case for determination of the High Court

    17. 93.Withdrawal of petition

    18. 94.Costs of petition

    19. 95.Neglect or refusal to pay costs

    20. 96.Appeals and jurisdiction

    21. 97.Persons convicted of corrupt or illegal practices

    22. 98.Application for relief

    23. 99.Prosecutions for corrupt practices

    24. 100.Prosecutions for illegal practices

    25. 101.Conviction of illegal practice on charge of corrupt practice

    26. 102.Mitigation and remission etc

    27. 103.Illegal payments

    28. 104.Time limit for prosecution

    29. 105.Prosecution of offences committed outside the United Kingdom

    30. 106.Offences by associations

    31. 107.Evidence by certificate of holding of elections

    32. 108.Evidence by certificate of electoral registration

    33. 109.Director of Public Prosecutions

    34. 110.Costs

    35. 111.Service of notices

  6. PART 5 Miscellaneous

    1. 112.Public notices and declarations

    2. 113.Remuneration for free postal services provided under the Regulations

    3. 114.Rateability of premises

    4. 115.Combination of polls

    5. 116.Revocation

  7. Signature


    1. 1

      European Parliamentary elections rules

    2. 2

      Absent voters

    3. 3

      Modifications for relevant citizens of the Accession States in 2004

    4. 4

      Control of donations to candidates

    5. 5

      Declaration as to election expenses

    6. 6

      Combined polls

    7. 7


  9. Explanatory Note

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