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The Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums)(England) Regulations 2012

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This is a draft item of legislation. This draft has since been made as a UK Statutory Instrument: The Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums)(England) Regulations 2012 No. 323

  1. Introductory Text

  2. 1.Citation and commencement

  3. 2.Interpretation

  4. 3.Question to be asked in a referendum

  5. 4.Publicity and other information in connection with referendums

  6. 5.Restriction on publication etc of promotional material

  7. 6.General restriction on referendum expenses

  8. 7.Notional referendum expenses

  9. 8.Conduct of referendum: poll at referendum not taken together with poll at relevant election or referendum

  10. 9.Counting officer

  11. 10.Combination of polls: general

  12. 11.Combination of referendum and election polls: conduct of referendum

  13. 12.Combination of referendum and election polls: supplementary provisions relating to elections

  14. 13.Combination of referendum polls: supplementary

  15. 14.Result of referendum or further referendum

  16. 15.Procedures for questioning referendum

  17. 16.Immediate consequences of referendum petitions

  18. 17.Determination of referendum petitions

  19. 18.Time

  20. 19.Advertisements

  21. 20.Non-domestic rating: premises used for referendum purposes

  22. 21.Revocations

  23. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED IN A REFERENDUM

      1. 1.How would you like [insert name of local authority] to...

      2. 2.How would you like [insert name of local authority] to...

      3. 3.How would you like [insert name of local authority] to...

      4. 4.How would you like [insert name of local authority] to...

      5. 5.How would you like [insert name of local authority] to...

      6. 6.How would you like [insert name of local authority] to...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      MATTERS RELEVANT TO REFERENDUM EXPENSES

      1. 1.Advertising of any nature (whatever the medium used). Expenses in...

      2. 2.Unsolicited material addressed to voters (whether addressed to them by...

      3. 3.Any material of a description referred to in regulation 5(1)....

      4. 4.Market research or canvassing conducted for the purposes of ascertaining...

      5. 5.The provision of any services or facilities in connection with...

      6. 6.Transport (by any means) of persons to any place or...

      7. 7.Rallies and other events, including public meetings organised so as...

      8. 8.Nothing in paragraphs 1 to 7 is to be taken...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT REFERENDUMS RULES

      1. PART 1

        1. 1.Citation

        2. 2.Interpretation

      2. PART 2

        1. 3.Timetable

        2. 4.Computation of time

      3. PART 3

        1. 5.Notice of referendum

        2. 6.Poll to be taken by ballot

        3. 7.The ballot papers

        4. 8.The corresponding number list

        5. 9.The official mark

        6. 10.Prohibition of disclosure of vote

        7. 11.Use of schools and public rooms

      4. PART 4

        1. 12.Notice of poll

        2. 13.Postal ballot papers

        3. 14.Provision of polling stations

        4. 15.Appointment of presiding officers and polling clerks

        5. 16.Issue of official poll cards

        6. 17.Equipment of polling stations

        7. 18.Appointment of polling observers and counting observers

        8. 19.Notification of requirement of secrecy

        9. 20.Return of postal ballot papers

      5. PART 5

        1. 21.Admission to polling station

        2. 22.Keeping of order in station

        3. 23.Sealing of ballot boxes

        4. 24.Questions to be put to voters and proxies

        5. 25.Challenge of voter or proxy

        6. 26.Voting procedure

        7. 27.Votes marked by presiding officer

        8. 28.Voting by persons with disabilities

        9. 29.Tendered ballot papers: circumstances where available

        10. 30.Tendered ballot papers: general provisions

        11. 31.Spoilt ballot papers

        12. 32.Correction of errors on day of poll

        13. 33.Adjournment of poll in case of riot

        14. 34.Procedure on close of poll

      6. PART 6

        1. 35.Attendance at counting of votes

        2. 36.The count

        3. 37.Re-count

        4. 38.Rejected ballot papers

        5. 39.Decisions on ballot papers

        6. 40.Equality of votes

      7. PART 7

        1. 41.Declaration of result

        2. 42.Sealing up of ballot papers

        3. 43.Delivery of documents to relevant registration officer

        4. 44.Orders for production of documents

        5. 45.Retention of documents

      8. PART 8 Appendix of Forms

        1. Note:—The forms contained in this Appendix may be adapted so...

        2. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        3. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        4. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        5. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        6. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        7. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        8. Corresponding Number List L1

        9. Corresponding Number List L2

        10. Form of Postal Voting Statement

        11. Official Poll Card (to be sent to a voter voting...

        12. Official Postal Poll Card (to be sent to a voter...

        13. Official Proxy Poll Card (to be sent to an appointed...

        14. Official Proxy Postal Poll Card (to be sent to an...

        15. Form of directions for the guidance of the voters and...

        16. Form of Certificate of Employment

        17. Form of declaration to be made by the companion of...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Application, with modifications, of Acts and subordinate legislation

      1. 1.Interpretation

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      The Local Government Act Referendums (Combination of Polls) Rules

      1. PART 1

        1. 1.Citation

        2. 2.Interpretation

      2. PART 2

        1. 3.Timetable

        2. 4.Computation of time

      3. PART 3

        1. 5.Notice of referendum

        2. 6.Poll to be taken by ballot

        3. 7.The ballot papers

        4. 8.The corresponding number list

        5. 9.The official mark

        6. 10.Prohibition of disclosure of vote

        7. 11.Use of schools and public rooms

      4. PART 4

        1. 12.Notice of Poll

        2. 13.Postal ballot papers

        3. 14.Provision of polling stations

        4. 15.Appointment of presiding officers and clerks

        5. 16.Issue of official poll cards

        6. 17.Equipment of polling stations

        7. 18.Appointment of counting observers

        8. 19.Appointment of polling observers

        9. 20.Notification of requirement of secrecy in respect of polling stations

        10. 21.Notification of requirement of secrecy in respect of the count

        11. 22.Return of postal ballot papers

      5. PART 5

        1. 23.Admission to the polling station

        2. 24.Keeping of order in station

        3. 25.Sealing of ballot boxes

        4. 26.Questions to be put to voters and proxies

        5. 27.Challenge of voter or proxy

        6. 28.Voting procedure

        7. 29.Votes marked by presiding officer

        8. 30.Voting by persons with disabilities

        9. 31.Tendered ballot papers: circumstances where available

        10. 32.Tendered ballot papers: general provisions

        11. 33.Spoilt ballot papers

        12. 34.Correction of errors on day of poll

        13. 35.Adjournment of poll in case of riot

        14. 36.Procedure on close of poll

      6. PART 6

        1. 37.Attendance at counting of votes

        2. 38.The count

        3. 39.Re-count

        4. 40.Rejected ballot papers

        5. 41.Decisions on ballot papers

        6. 42.Equality of votes

      7. PART 7

        1. 43.Declaration of result

        2. 44.Sealing up of ballot papers

        3. 45.Delivery of documents to relevant registration officer

        4. 46.Orders for production of documents

        5. 47.Retention of documents

        6. 48.Countermand or abandonment of poll at election on death of candidate

      8. PART 8

        1. Note:—The forms contained in this Appendix may be adapted so...

        2. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        3. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        4. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        5. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        6. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        7. Form of Ballot Paper: Question in referendum as specified in...

        8. Corresponding Number List M1

        9. Corresponding Number List M2

        10. Form of Postal Voting Statement (for use where there is...

        11. Form of Postal Voting Statement (for use when a referendum...

        12. Official Poll Card (to be sent to a voter voting...

        13. Official Postal Poll Card (to be sent to a voter...

        14. Official Proxy Poll Card (to be sent to an appointed...

        15. Official Proxy Postal Poll Card (to be sent to an...

        16. Form of directions for the guidance of the voters and...

        17. Form of Certificate of Employment

        18. Form of declaration to be made by the companion of...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Application, with further modifications, of the Representation of the People Act 1983 in relation to referendum petitions

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Modifications of the Election Petition Rules 1960

  24. Explanatory Note

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