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Greenham and Crookham Commons Act 2002

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Decisions as to validity of nomination papers

5(1)Where a nomination paper is delivered in accordance with these rules, the candidate shall be deemed to stand nominated unless and until—

(a)the returning officer decides that the nomination paper is invalid; or

(b)proof is given to the returning officer’s satisfaction of the candidate’s death; or

(c)the candidate withdraws.

(2)The returning officer is entitled to hold a nomination paper invalid only on the ground that the particulars of the candidate are not as required by law.

(3)As soon as practicable after each nomination paper has been delivered, the returning officer shall examine it and decide whether the candidate has been validly nominated.

(4)Where the returning officer decides that a nomination paper is invalid, the returning officer shall endorse and sign on the paper the fact and the reasons for his decision.

(5)The returning officer shall send notice of his decision that a nomination paper is valid or invalid to each candidate at his home address as given in his nomination paper.

(6)The returning officer’s decision that a nomination paper is valid or invalid shall be final and not be questioned in any proceeding whatsoever.

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