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Representation of the People Act 1981

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ScheduleAmendment of Parliamentary Elections Rules

Timetable

1(1)The timetable in Rule 1 is amended as follows.

(2)In the entry relating to the delivery of nomination papers—

(a)in the column relating to general elections for the words from " three in the afternoon " to " noon )" there are substituted the words

four in the afternoon

and for the words " eighth day " there are substituted the words

sixth day; and

(b)in the column relating to by-elections for paragraphs (a) and (b) there are substituted the words

not earlier than the third day after the date of publication of the notice of election nor later than the seventh day after that on which the writ is received.

(3)In the entry relating to the making of objections to nomination papers the words from " and, if the last day " to " the day before " and the words from " (or if it is " to " on that day) " are omitted and at the end of the entry there are added the words

The foregoing provisions do not apply to objections made in pursuance of Rule 15A(2).

(4)In the entry relating to polling—

(a)in the column relating to general elections for the words " ninth day " there are substituted the words

tenth dayand

(b)in the column relating to by-elections for the words " seventh " and " ninth " there are substituted respectively the words

eighthand " tenth ".

Computation of time

2In Rule 2—

(a)in paragraph (1) before " Sunday" there is inserted

Saturday; and

(b)after paragraph (2) there is inserted the following paragraph:—

(2A)In this Rule " weekday" does not include a Saturday.

Consent to nomination

3At the end of Rule 9 there is added the following:—

(3)A candidate's consent given under this Rule shall state the day, month and year of his birth.

Decisions as to validity of nomination papers

4In Rule 13 the following is added at the end of paragraph (2):— "and

(c)that the candidate is disqualified by the Representation of the People Act 1981.

Publication of nominations

5After Rule 15 there is inserted the following:—

15A(1)If it appears to the returning officer that any of the persons nominated might be disqualified by the Representation of the People Act 1981 he shall, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the time allowed for the delivery of nomination papers, prepare and publish a draft of the statement required under Rule 15.

(2)The draft shall be headed " Draft statement of persons nominated " and shall omit the names of the persons subscribing the papers but shall contain a notice stating that any person who wishes to object to the nomination of any candidate on the ground that he is disqualified for nomination under the Representation of the People Act 1981 may do so between the hours of ten in the morning and four in the afternoon on the day and at the place specified in the notice; and the day so specified shall be the day next after the last day for the delivery of nomination papers.

Form of notice of parliamentary election

6In the form of notice of parliamentary election in the Appendix for the words from " three in the afternoon " to " noon) " there are substituted the words

four in the afternoon.

Consequential repeals

7The following are hereby repealed (in addition to the words to be omitted in pursuance of the preceding paragraphs):—

(a)in Rule 16, paragraph (b) of the proviso;

(b)in Rule 39, paragraph (1)(b); and

(c)in Rule 44, in paragraph (1)(f) the word " Jews ".

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