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Representation of the People Act 1985

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Schedule 1Special Polling Stations in Northern Ireland

Part IRight to Vote at Special Polling Stations

1(1)Where, in the case of a person entitled to vote as an elector at a parliamentary election in Northern Ireland, the absent voters list shows that a special polling station is allotted to him he may, notwithstanding anything in section 5 of this Act, vote only in person at that polling station.

(2)Where a person applies to the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland (in this Schedule referred to as " the electoral officer") to vote at a particular parliamentary election in Northern Ireland at a special polling station, the electoral officer shall grant the application if—

(a)he is satisfied that the applicant's circumstances on the date of the poll will be or are likely to be such that he cannot reasonably be expected to vote in person at the polling station allotted or likely to be allotted to him under the parliamentary elections rules,

(b)he is satisfied that the applicant is or will be registered in the register of parliamentary electors, and

(c)the application meets the prescribed requirements.

(3)The electoral officer shall allot a special polling station to any person whose application under this paragraph is granted and shall send him a notice setting out the situation of the special polling station allotted to him and giving such other information as may be prescribed.

(4)There shall be included in the absent voters list in respect of each parliamentary election in Northern Ireland a list of persons whose applications under this paragraph have been granted, setting out, in the case of each person, the situation of the special polling station allotted to him and giving such other information as may be prescribed.

(5)For the purposes of this paragraph, the electoral officer—

(a)shall designate special polling places and may by further designations from time to time alter any designation under this paragraph,

(b)shall publish such notice as he thinks is required of the situation of any place or places currently designated under this paragraph, and

(c)shall in respect of each parliamentary election, provide a special polling station in each special polling place, unless he is satisfied that the number of persons likely to vote there at that election does not justify it.

(6)Sub-paragraph (5) above has effect notwithstanding anything in section 18 of the principal Act.

Part IIRules Relating to Special Polling Stations

2The following paragraphs in this Part of this Schedule shall have effect for all purposes as additional rules in Schedule 1 to the principal Act.

3The official mark on the ballot paper of those voting in respect of a constituency at a special polling station—

(a)shall be different from the official mark on the ballot papers of those voting at the same election in respect of the constituency at polling stations allotted to them under the parliamentary elections rules, and

(b)shall be kept secret; and an interval of seven years shall intervene between the use of the same official mark on ballot papers of those voting at special polling stations.

4(1)The electoral officer shall provide each presiding officer at a special polling station with a list (in this Schedule referred to as " the special polling list") of those electors to whom the special polling station has been allotted, showing for each elector—

(a)the constituency in respect of which he is or appears from the electors lists concerned to be entitled to be registered, and

(b)his electoral number.

(2)Rule 7(6) of the parliamentary elections rules applies for the purposes of this paragraph.

5(1)The electoral officer may, after such consultation as appears to him to be desirable, appoint persons (including candidates and their election agents) to attend special polling stations as observers, and each appointment of an observer—

(a)shall be made in writing, and

(b)shall indicate the polling station or polling stations to which he is assigned.

(2)References in this Schedule to observers are references to observers appointed under this paragraph.

6(1)When the electoral officer has received the ballot boxes and packets from all the special polling stations, he shall in the presence of each candidate wishing to attend or (if a candidate so chooses) his agent—

(a)open each ballot box and count and record the number of ballot papers in it,

(b)verify each ballot paper account, and

(c)in the case of a general election or two or more by-elections, sort the ballot papers into separate packets for each constituency.

(2)The electoral officer shall give notice in writing to the candidates of the time and place at which he will begin to count the ballot papers under this paragraph, and no person other than the candidates or (where they so choose) their agents may be present unless permitted by the electoral officer.

(3)A person not entitled to attend at the counting of ballot papers under this paragraph shall not be permitted to do so unless the electoral officer—

(a)is satisfied that the efficient counting of the ballot papers will not be impeded, and

(b)has either consulted the candidates or, as the case may be, their agents or thought it impracticable to do so.

(4)The electoral officer shall give to the candidates or, as the case may be, their agents all such reasonable facilities for overseeing the proceedings, and all such information with respect to them, as he can give them consistently with the orderly conduct of the proceedings and the discharge of his duties in connection with them.

(5)The electoral officer shall verify each ballot paper account by comparing it with the number of ballot papers recorded by him, and the unused and spoilt ballot papers in his possession and the tendered votes list (opening and resealing the packets containing unused and spoilt ballot papers) and shall draw up a statement as to the result of the verification, which any candidate or, as the case may be, his- agent may copy.

(6)In the case of a general election or two or more by-elections, each packet of ballot papers for a constituency, accompanied, by a statement of the number of ballot papers, shall be sent to the place where the votes for that constituency are to be counted and the votes given on the ballot papers may, when—

(a)in the presence of the counting agents appointed under rule 30 of the parliamentary elections rules, the number of ballot papers in the packet has been counted and compared with the statement, and

(b)those ballot papers have been mixed with the ballot papers from at least one ballot box not used at a special polling station,

be counted in accordance with the parliamentary elections rules (other than rule 45(1), (1A) and (5)).

(7)In any other case, the votes given on any ballot papers counted under this paragraph may, when they have been mixed with the ballot papers from at least one ballot box not used at a special polling station, be counted in accordance with the parliamentary elections rules (other than rule 45(1), (1A) and (5)).

(8)References in this paragraph to a candidate's agent are references to his election agent or to his counting agent appointed under rule 30 of the parliamentary elections rules to attend at the counting of the votes.

7(1)On the completion of the counting at a contested election, the electoral officer shall, in relation to votes oast at special polling stations, forward to the Clerk of the Crown for Northern Ireland—

(a)the ballot paper accounts and the statements of rejected ballot papers and of the result of the verification of the ballot paper accounts,

(b)the tendered votes list, the list of votes marked by the presiding officer and the related statements,

(c)the packets) of counterfoils, and

(d)the special polling lists, endorsing on each packet a description of its contents and the date of the election to which they relate.

(2)Rules 55(2) to (4) and 59 of the parliamentary elections rules apply for the purposes of this paragraph.

Part IIIModifications of Parliamentary Elections Rules

8Subject to the rules in Part II of this Schedule, the parliamentary elections rules shall have effect in relation to special polling stations so far as applicable to them, but subject to the modifications made by this Part of this Schedule.

9References to the election shall in the case of a general election or two or more by-elections be read as references to the elections in all the constituencies concerned in Northern Ireland and references to candidates at the election shall be construed accordingly.

10References to a candidate's polling agent appointed to attend at a polling station shall be read as references to an observer assigned to that station.

11References to the register of parliamentary electors for an election shall be read as references to the special polling list for that election.

12Rule 5(2) shall apply to applications to vote at a special polling station and to other applications and notices about voting at such stations.

13Rule 20(2) and (3) shall not apply.

14Rules 23, 24 and 25(1) to (4) shall not apply.

15Rules 28 and 29(3)(c) and (d) shall not apply.

16Rule 30(1) to (9) shall not apply.

17Rule 31 shall have effect as if—

(a)the reference to counting the votes were a reference to counting the ballot papers under this Schedule, and

(b)references to provisions of section 66 of the principal Act were references to those provisions as they have effect by virtue of paragraph 27 below.

18In rule 32—

(a)paragraph (1)(a) and (e), and

(b)paragraphs (2), (3) and (4),

shall not apply and the presiding officer shall not admit a person to a special polling station as observer except on production of his appointment.

19Rule 35(1) shall have effect as if the question that may be put under sub-paragraph (a)(i) were—" Are you the person shown in the special polling list for this election as follows? " (read the whole entry from the list.)

20Rule 36(1) shall have effect as if the reference to a candidate or his election agent were omitted.

21Rule 39 shall not apply.

22Rule 40(1) shall apply as if, for sub-paragraphs (a) and (b), there were substituted a reference to a particular elector named in the special polling list.

23Rules 44 and 45 shall not apply.

Part IVModifications of Representation of the People Acts

24The Representation of the People Acts shall have effect as if the functions of the electoral officer under this Schedule were—

(a)in the case of functions under paragraph 1(2) and (4) above, functions as registration officer, and

(b)in any other case, functions as returning officer.

25The reference in section 53(1)(c) of the principal Act to voting by post or proxy includes a reference to voting at a special polling station.

26Section 65(3) of the principal Act shall have effect as if the reference to counting the votes included a reference to counting the ballot papers under this Schedule.

27Section 66 of the principal Act shall have effect as if—

(a)the duty imposed by subsection (1) were imposed also on observers.

(b)the reference to the register of electors included a reference to the special polling fist, and

(c)references to the counting of the votes included a reference to counting the ballot papers under this Schedule.

28Paragraph 5A of Schedule 2 to the principal Act shall apply to applications under paragraph 1 above.

29The second reference in section 5(5) of this Act to a polling station does not include a reference to a special polling station.

30The references in section 12(3) of this Act to section 7 of this Act include a reference to paragraph 1 above.

Schedule 2Manner of Voting

Part IConsequential Amendments of Principal Act

1In section 56 (registration appeals: England and Wales) in subsection (1)(b), for the words " be treated as an absent voter " there shall be substituted the words

vote by proxy or by post as elector.

2In section 61 (voting offences)—

(a)in subsection (1)(a) for the words from " be treated " to the end there shall be substituted the words

vote by proxy or by post as elector, at a parliamentary or local government election, or at parliamentary or local government elections, knowing that he is subject to a legal incapacity to vote at the election or, as the case may be, at elections of that kind ; or;

(b)in subsection (1)(b) for the words from "parliamentary" to the end there shall be substituted the words

any parliamentary or local government election or at parliamentary or local government elections knowing that he or the person to be appointed is subject to a legal incapacity to vote at the election or, as the case may be, at elections of that kind ; or;

(c)in subsection (1)(c) the words " or applies to vote by post" shall cease to have effect;

(d)in subsection (2)(d) the words " not being a service voter " shall cease to have effect, after the word " elections " there shall be inserted the words" in any constituency " and after the word " force " and the words " an appointment" there shall be inserted the words

in respect of that or another constituency;

(e)subsection (3)(c) shall cease to have effect; and

(f)in subsection (4) after the word " constituency " there shall be inserted the words

or at a local government election in any electoral area.

3In section 202 (interpretation)—

(a)before the definition of " Attorney General" there shall be inserted the following definition— ' the absent voters list' means, in relation to any election, the list kept under section 7 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 for that election

(b)after the definition of " legal incapacity " there shall be inserted the following definition— ' the list of proxies' has, in relation to any election, the meaning given by section 7 of the Representation of the People Act 1985

4In Schedule 1 in rule 5(2)(a) (notice of election to specify time for applying for an absent vote) for the words from "be" to " voter " there shall be substituted the words

vote by post or by proxy.

5In Schedule 1 in rule 24 (postal ballot papers) for the words " provided by them for the purpose " there shall be substituted the words

shown in the absent voters list.

6In Schedule 1 in rule 28 (issue of poll cards) in paragraph (1)(b) for the words from "his application" to the end there shall be substituted the words

he is entitled to vote by post as proxy at the election.

7In Schedule 1 in rule 40 (tendered ballot papers) in paragraph (1)(b) the words "named in the list of persons " shall cease to have effect.

8In Schedule 2 (regulations as to registration) paragraph 5(4) shall cease to have effect and at the end of that paragraph there shall be inserted— 5A—

(1)Provision requiring applications under section 6 or 7 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 to be attested and limiting the number of such applications that a person may attest.

(2)Provision requiring a person applying under section 7 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 to do so in person, producing a document of a prescribed description.

(3)Provision as to the evidence which shall or may be required, or be deemed sufficient or conclusive evidence, in connection with a person's application to vote by proxy or to vote by post as elector or as proxy.

(4)Provision authorising or requiring registration officers—

(a)to make inquiries of persons included in the record kept under section 6(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1985 for the purpose of determining whether there has been a material change of circumstances, and

(b)to treat failure to respond to such inquiries as sufficient evidence of such a change.

Part IITransitional Provision for Absent Voters

9(1)In relation to any person who, immediately before the commencement date, was entitled, in pursuance Of an application or applications to be treated as an absent voter for an indefinite period, to vote by post or by proxy at parliamentary elections, local government elections or both, sections 6 to 9 of this Act shall have effect—

(a)as if an application by him under section 6 of this Act so to vote at elections of the kind or kinds in question had been granted on that date,

(b)where, immediately before that date, an appointment of a person to vote for him as proxy at parliamentary elections or at parliamentary and local government elections was in force, as if the appointment had been made under section 8 of this Act on that date in respect of elections of the kind or kinds in question, and

(c)where the application treated as granted by virtue of paragraph (a) above is an application to vote by post, as if he had specified in the application as the address to which his ballot paper is to be sent the address provided by him for the purpose under section 19 of the principal Act.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) above does not apply to a person who applied to be treated as an absent voter by virtue of section 19(1)(e) of the principal Act.

10In relation to any person who, immediately before the commencement date, was entitled to vote by proxy at any election by virtue of section 19(2) or 32(2) of the principal Act or would have been so entitled but for an application to vote by post under section 19(4), sections 6 to 9 of this Act shall have effect—

(a)as if an application by him under section 6 of this Act to vote by proxy at both parliamentary and local government elections or, as the case may be, at local government elections had been granted on that date, and

(b)where, immediately before that date, an appointment of a person to vote for him as proxy at parliamentary elections, local government elections or both was in force, as if the appointment had been made under section 8 of this Act on that date in respect of elections of the kind or kinds in question.

11(1)Where an appointment of a person to vote as proxy for another at parliamentary elections, local government elections or both is treated by virtue of paragraph 9 or 10 above as made under section 8 of this Act and immediately before the commencement date the proxy was entitled, in pursuance of an application or applications for an indefinite period, so to vote by post at elections! of the kind or kinds in question, section 9 of this Act shall have effect-

(a)where the proxy's application or applications were based on his entitlement as elector to vote by post, as if an application by him under section 9(4)(a) of this Act to vote by post as proxy at elections of the kind or kinds in question had been granted on that date, and

(b)where the proxy's application was based on the situation of the address to which his ballot paper was to be sent, as if an application by him under section 9(4)(b) of this Act to vote by post as proxy at parliamentary elections had been granted on that date.

12In this Part of this Schedule— "commencement date" means the date of commencement of sections 5 to 9 of this Act; and " local government election " has the same meaning as in those sections;

but this Part of this Schedule shall have effect, in relation to a person who, immediately before the commencement date, is entitled to vote by post as elector or as proxy at local government elections other than elections of parish or community councillors, as if he were then entitled so to vote at all local government elections.

Part IIIVoting at Municipal Elections in the City

13(1)The City of London (Various Powers) Act 1957 shall be amended as follows.

(2)In section 8(1), the words from " section 32 " to " (proxies at local government elections)" shall be omitted.

(3)For section 8(2) and (3) there shall be substituted—

(2)Subject as hereinafter provided, sections 5 to 9 and 12(3) and (4) of the Representation of the People Act 1985 shall apply to and in respect of ward elections, but as if any reference to the polling station allotted or likely to be allotted to any person under rules made (or having effect as if made) under section 36 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 were a reference to the polling station provided or likely to be provided by the returning officer..

(4)In section 8(4) after the words " Act of 1983 " there shall be inserted the words or the Act of 1985" and after the words " subsection (1)" (where they first appear) there shall be inserted the words

or (2).

(5)In section 8(5) after the words " Act of 1983 " there shall be inserted the words or the Act of 1985 " and after the words " subsection (1)" there shall be inserted the words

or (2).

Schedule 3Penalties

1In section 62(1) (offences as to declarations) for the words from " except in " onwards there shall be substituted the words

on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

2In section 65 (tampering with nomination papers, ballot papers etc.) for subsections (3) to (5) there shall be substituted—

(3)If a returning officer, a presiding officer or a clerk appointed to assist in taking the poll, counting the votes or assisting at the proceedings in connection with the issue or receipt of postal ballot papers is guilty of an offence under this section, he shall be liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment to a fine, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or to both;

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to both.

(4)If any other person is guilty of an offence under this section, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to both..

3In section 66 (requirement of secrecy) in subsection (6) after the words " on summary conviction " there shall be inserted the words

to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or.

4In section 99 (officials not to act for candidates) for subsection (2) there shall be substituted.—

(2)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale..

5In section 100 (illegal canvassing by police officers) in subsec-section (2) for the words from; "on summary conviction " to " but" there shall be substituted the words

on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale, but.

6In section 110 (printer's name and address on election publications) in subsection (3) for the words from " liable " to the end of the first sentence there shall be substituted the words

liable to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

7In section 149 (penalty for corrupt withdrawal and breach of section 148) for the words from " liable " onwards there shall be substituted the words " liable—

(i)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to a fine, or to both ;

(ii)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both ".

8In section 168 (prosecutions for corrupt practices) for subsections (1) to (4) there shall be substituted—

(1)A person who is guilty of a corrupt practice shall be liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment—

(i)in the case of a corrupt practice under section 60 above, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to a fine, or to both,

(ii)in any other case, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to a fine, or to both;

(b)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both..

9In section 169 (prosecutions for illegal practices) for the words from " liable " to " and " there shall be substituted the words

liable to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale ; and.

10In section 175 (illegal payments etc.) in subsection (1) for the words from " liable " to " and " there shall be substituted the words

liable to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale ; and.

11In Schedule 2, in paragraph 13(1) (power for regulations as to registration to contain provisions imposing pecuniary penalties) for the words from " penalties " to " offence)" there shall be substituted the words

penalties (not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale for any offence).

Schedule 4Miscellaneous Amendments of the Principal Act

Part I (parliamentary and local government franchise and its exercise)

1In section 3(1) (disfranchisement of person detained in penal institution in pursuance of sentence) after the word " sentence" there shall be inserted the words

or unlawfully at large when he would otherwise be so detained.

2For subsections (2) and (3) of section 11 (correction of registers) there shall be substituted—

(2)Where in a case in which paragraph (a) of subsection (1) above does not apply—

(a)a claim is duly made that any person whose name is not included in a register of electors as published is entitled to be registered in that register, and

(b)having duly disposed of the claim, the registration officer is satisfied that the person in respect of whom the claim is made is entitled to be so registered, the registration officer shall make the necessary correction in the register.

(3)An alteration made in a register of electors after the last day on which nomination papers nominating candidates at an election may be delivered to the returning officer shall not have effect for the purposes of that election..

3In section 15(7) (cancellation of service declarations), for the words from " if " to the end there shall be substituted the words

unless the declarations are made with reference to different qualifying dates.

4(1)In section 18 (polling districts and places at parliamentary elections) in subsection (2)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (a) there shall be inserted the words

and, in particular, they shall, so far as is reasonable and practicable, designate as polling places only places which are accessible to electors who are disabled; and

(b)in paragraph (b) the words " in the case of a county constituency " shall cease to have effect.

(2)In subsection (3) of that section at the end of paragraph (a) there shall be inserted the words

and, in particular, he shall, so far as is reasonable and practicable, designate as polling places only places which are accessible to electors who are disabled.

(3)In subsection (6) of that section (report of boundaries of polling districts and places to be sent to Secretary of State) paragraph (b) and the word " and " immediately preceding it shall cease to have effect.

(4)In subsection (7) of that section (polling districts and polling places in Northern Ireland to be those established under law relating to election of members of Northern Ireland Assembly) for the words " the election of members to serve in the Northern Ireland Assembly " there shall be substituted the words

local elections within the meaning of section 130 of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962.

5At the end of section 26 (returning officer: Northern Ireland) there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(2)Sections 14(5) and 14A(2) and (3) of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 (appointment of temporary deputy and delegation to assistants) shall have effect in relation to the Chief Electoral Officer in his capacity as returning officer..

6In section 28 (discharge of returning officer's functions in England and Wales)—

(a)in subsection (1)(b) after the word " made" there shall be inserted the words

by statutory instrument; and

(b)in subsection (5) for the words from " but" onwards there shall be substituted the words

and a district council or London borough council may assign officers to assist in carrying out all or any of those duties..

7Section 38 (nominations and candidate's death in local election in England and Wales) shall cease to have effect.

8Subsection (8) of section 39 (two copies of every order by a district council under that section to be sent to the Secretary of State) shall cease to have effect.

9Section 44 (candidate's death in local election in Scotland) shall cease to have effect.

10In section 49 (effect of registers) subsections (1)(d) and (2)(c) shall cease to have effect.

11Section 51 (corrupt and illegal practices lists) shall cease to have effect.

12In section 52 (discharge of registration duties)—

(a)in subsection (1) for the words " registration duties " there shall be substituted the words

functions under this Act;

(b)in subsection (2) the words " by the Secretary of State or, in Scotland " shall cease to have effect;

(c)in subsection (3) after " by", in the second place where it occurs, there shall be inserted the words

or with respect to; and

(d)for subsections (4) and (5) there shall be substituted—

" (4) It shall be the duty—

(a)in England and Wales, of a district council or London borough council, and

(b)in Scotland, of the council of a region or islands area,

to assign such officers to assist the registration officer as may be required for carrying out his functions under this Act.

(5)Subsection (2) above does not apply in Northern Ireland but sections 14(5) and 14A(2) and (3) of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 (appointment of temporary deputy and delegation to assistants) shall have effect in relation to the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland in his capacity as registration officer.".

13In section 53 (power to make regulations as to registration etc.)—

(a)in subsection (1)(b) after the word " publication " there shall be inserted the words

(including provision for electors lists which have been published in the form of a draft register to take effect with any necessary amendments as the register and provision with respect to the time at which the register is to be treated as being published in such a case); and

(b)in subsection (3) for the words " subsections (1) and (2) " there shall be substituted the words subsection (1) and for the words " those subsections " there shall be substituted the words

that subsection.

14In section 54 (payment of expenses of registration)—

(a)in subsection (1) for the words "registration duties" there shall be substituted the words

functions under this Act; and

(b)in subsection (3) for the words from " or " to " expenses " there shall be substituted the words

paid to the registration officer under this Act.

15Section 55 (ascertainment of amount of registration expenses) shall cease to have effect.

16In section 56 (registration appeals: England and Wales)—

(a)subsection (1)(c) shall cease to have effect; and

(b)after subsection (4) there shall be inserted—

(4A)Where, as a result of the decision on an appeal, an alteration in the register is made under subsection (4) above on or before the last day on which nomination papers nominating candidates at an election may be delivered to the returning officer, subsection (3) above does not apply to that appeal as respects that election..

17In section 58 (registration appeals: Northern Ireland)—

(a)for the words "subsections (2) and (4)" there shall be substituted the words

subsection (2) and the words from the beginning to ' and ' in subsection (4); and

(b)for the words " electors for elections of members to sit in the Northern Ireland Assembly " there shall be substituted the words

local electors within the meaning of section 130 of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962..

18In section 62(1)(b)(ii) (offences as to declarations) for " 15 " there shall be substituted

16.

19For section 63 (breach of official duty in parliamentary elections) and section 64 (breach of official duty in local elections) there shall be substituted— Breach of official duty.

63(1)If a person to whom this section applies is, without reasonable cause, guilty of any act or omission in breach of his official duty, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(2)No person to whom this section applies shall be liable for breach of his official duty to any penalty at common law and no action for damages shall lie in respect of the breach by such a person of his official duty.

(3)The persons to whom this section applies are—

(a)the Clerk of the Crown (or, in Northern Ireland, the Clerk of the Crown for Northern Ireland),

(b)any sheriff clerk, registration officer, returning officer or presiding officer,

(c)any other person whose duty it is to be responsible after a local government election for the used ballot papers and other documents (including returns and declarations as to expenses),

(d)any postmaster, and

(e)any deputy of a person mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (d) above or any person appointed to assist or in the course of his employment assisting a person so mentioned in connection with his official duties ;

and " official duty " shall for the purposes of this section be construed accordingly, but shall not include duties imposed otherwise than by the law relating to parliamentary or local government elections or the registration of parliamentary or local government electors..

Part II (the election campaign)

20In subsection (4) of section 67 (appointment of election agent) after the word " appointment" there shall be inserted the words

(or deemed appointment).

21In subsection (3) of section 68 (nomination of sub-agent at parliamentary elections) for the words " One clear day " there shall be substituted the words

Not later than the second day.

22In subsection (1)(a) of section 69 (office of election agent and sub-agent) after the word " agent" there shall be inserted the words

is declared to him.

23In section 70 (effect of default in election agent's appointment) there shall be inserted after subsection (3)—

(3A)The deemed appointment of a candidate as his own election agent may be revoked as if it were an actual appointment..

24In section 75 (prohibition of expenses not authorised by election agent)—

(a)in subsection (2)(a) for the words " within 14 days after the date of publication of the result of the election send " there shall be substituted the words

within 21 days after the day on which the result of the election is declared deliver;

(b)in subsection (4) for the words "14 days after the date of the publication of the result of the election " there shall be substituted the words

21 days after the day on which the result of the election is declared; and

(c)in subsection (5) after the words " fails to " there shall be inserted the words

deliver or.

25Section 76(3) (power to vary maximum amount of candidates' election expenses) shall cease to have effect.

26In section 78(1) (claims for election expenses which are not sent to the election agent within 14 days after the declaration of the election result to be barred) and in sections 78(4), 79(1) and 79(4) (which refer to that period) for the words " 14 days " there shall be substituted the words

21 days.

27In section 81 (return as to election expenses)—

(a)in subsections (1) and (5) for the word " transmit" there shall be substituted the word

deliver; and

(b)in subsection (5) for the word " transmitted " there shall be substituted the word

delivered.

28In section 82 (declaration as to election expenses)—

(a)in subsections (1) and (3) for the word " transmitted ", in each place where it occurs, there shall be substituted the word

delivered; and

(b)in subsection (2) for the words " transmits" and " transmit or cause to be transmitted " there shall be substituted respectively the words

deliversand " deliver ".

29In section 85 (penalty for sitting or voting where no return and declarations transmitted)—

(a)in subsection (1) for the word " transmitted ", in both places where it occurs, and for the word " transmit" there shall be substituted respectively the words

deliveredand "deliver "; and

(b)for subsection (3) there shall be substituted—

(3)Civil proceedings for a penalty under this section shall be commenced within the period of one year beginning with the day in respect of which the penalty is alleged to have been incurred..

30In section 86 (authorised excuses for failures as to return and declarations)—

(a)after subsection (1) there shall be inserted—

(1A)Where a person makes an application under this section he shall notify the Director of Public Prosecutions of the application and the Director or his assistant or any barrister, advocate or solicitor duly appointed as the Director's representative may attend the hearing of the application and make representations at the hearing in respect of it.; and

(b)in subsection (2) for the word "transmit", in each place where it occurs, there shall be substituted the word

deliver.

31In section 87 (court's power to require information from election agent or sub-agent) in subsection (3) (under which the court may order a person who fails to comply with an order of the court under the section to pay a fine not exceeding £500) for " £500 " there shall be substituted

the amount of the maximum fine to which he would be liable if at the time the order is made he were convicted of a summary offence on conviction of which he was liable to a fine of level 5 on the standard scale.

32In section 88 (publication of time and place for inspection of returns and declarations) in paragraph (a) for the word "transmitting " there shall be substituted the word

delivering.

33In section 89 (inspection of returns and declarations) for the word " sent", in both places where it occurs, and the word " sending " there shall be substituted respectively the words

deliveredand " delivering

34For subsection (1) of section 91 (candidate's right to send election address post free) there shall be substituted—

(1)A candidate at a parliamentary election is, subject to Post Office regulations, entitled to send free of charge for postage either—

(a)one unaddressed postal communication, containing matter relating to the election only and not exceeding 60 grammes in weight, to each place in the constituency which, in accordance with those regulations, constitutes a delivery point for the purposes of this subsection ; or

(b)one such postal communication addressed to each elector..

35In section 93(2)(b) (period when local government election deemed to be pending for purposes of broadcasting during elections) for the words following " beginning " there shall be substituted the words

with the last date on which notice of the election may be published in accordance with rules made under section 36 or, in Scotland, section 42 above.

36(1)In section 94 (imitation poll cards) after the words "parliamentary election" there shall be inserted the words

or a local government election to which this section applies.

(2)At the end of that section there shall be inserted—

(2)This section applies to any local government election in relation to which rules made under section 36 or, in Scotland, section 42 above require an official poll card to be sent to electors in a form prescribed by the rules..

37In section 95 (schools and rooms for parliamentary election meetings)—

(a)in subsection (1)—

(i)after the word "use" there shall be inserted the words

free of charge;

(ii)after the word " and " there shall be inserted the words

the day preceding; and

(b)in paragraph (a) of subsection (4) for the words from the beginning to " expenses" there shall be substituted the words

shall defray any expenses.

38For section 96 (schools and rooms for local election meetings) there shall be substituted— Schools and rooms for local election meetings.

96(1)Subject to the provisions of this section, a candidate at a local government election is entitled for the purpose of holding public meetings in furtherance of his candidature to the use free of charge at reasonable times between the last day on which notice of the election may be published in accordance with rules made under section 36 or, in Scotland, section 42 above and the day preceding the day of election of—

(a)a suitable room in the premises of a school to which this section applies ; or

(b)a meeting room to which this section applies.

(2)This section applies—

(a)in England and Wales, to a county or voluntary school situated in the electoral area for which the candidate is standing (or, if there is no such school in the area, in any such school in an adjacent electoral area) or in a parish or community, as the case may be, in part comprised in that electoral area; and

(b)in Scotland, to any school (not being an independent school within the meaning of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980) situated in the electoral area for which the candidate is standing (or, if there is no such school in the area, in any such school in an adjacent electoral area).

(3)This section applies—

(a)in England and Wales, to any meeting room situated in the electoral area for which the candidate is standing or in a parish or community, as the case may be, in part comprised in that electoral area, the expense of maintaining which is payable wholly or mainly out of public funds or out of any rate, or by a body whose expenses are so- payable;

(b)in Scotland, to any meeting room the expense of maintaining which is payable by the council of a region, islands area or district.

(4)Subsections (4), (5) and (7) of section 95 above and paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 5 to this Act shall apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that section, and any person stating himself to be, or to be authorised by, a candidate at a local government election in respect of an electoral area which falls (or partly falls) within a constituency, or his election agent, shall be entitled to inspect the lists prepared under Schedule 5 to this Act in relation to the constituency or a copy of them: at all reasonable hours during the period beginning with the day on which notice of the election is published and ending with the day preceding the day of election..

39In section 97 (disturbances at election meetings) in subsection (2)(b) (section to apply to meetings held on, or within three weeks before, the day of election) for the words " on, or within three weeks before " there shall be substituted the words

in the period beginning with the last date on which notice of the election may be published in accordance with rules made under section 36 or, in Scotland, section 42 above and ending with.

40Section 103(2) (which exempts carriages used only for the conveyance of electors to or from polls from duty etc.) shall cease to have effect.

41In section 106 (false statements as to candidates) subsection (4) (which disapplies that section in relation to elections of councillors in Scotland) shall cease to have effect.

42In section 108 (premises not to be used as committee rooms)—

(a)subsection (3) (application of section to licensed premises and premises where refreshments sold for consumption on premises); and

(b)in subsection (4) the word " also ", shall cease to have effect

43In section 118 (interpretation of Part II) in the definition of " return as to election expenses " for the word " transmitted " there shall be substituted the word

delivered.

Part III (legal proceedings)

44In section 122 (time for presentation or amendment of parliamentary election petition) in subsection (4) for the word "transmitting " there shall be substituted the word

delivering.

45In section 124 (judges' expenses and reception: England and Wales and Northern Ireland) in paragraph (a) the words " receiving the judges and " and paragraph (b) shall cease to have effect.

46In section 125 (judges' expenses and reception: Scotland) paragraph (a) shall cease to have effect.

47In section 126(3) (expenses of shorthand writers) for the words " in receiving the judges" there shall be substituted the words

under section 125 above.

48In section 136 (security for costs)—

(a)in subsection (2)(a) (parliamentary elections) for " £1,000 " there shall be substituted

such amount not exceeding £5,000 as the High Court or a judge of the High Court, on summons, directs;

(b)in subsection (2)(b) (local government elections) for " £500 " there shall be substituted

£2,500;

(c)in subsection (2)(i)—

(i)at the beginning there shall be inserted the words

the amount mentioned in paragraph (a) above shall be such amount not exceeding £5,000 as the Court of Session or a judge of the Court of Session directs and; and

(ii)for " £500 " there shall be substituted

£2,500;

(d)for subsection (3) there shall be substituted—

(3)Within the prescribed time after giving the security the petitioner shall serve on the respondent in the prescribed manner—

(a)a notice of the presentation of the petition and of the amount and nature of the security, and

(b)a copy of the petition.; and

(e)the following provisions shall cease to have effect—

(i)in subsection (4) the words "not exceeding five days after service of the notice " ;

(ii)subsection (5);

(iii)in subsection (7) the words "not exceeding five days".

49In section 140 (witnesses)—

(a)subsection (5) (duty of Director of Public Prosecutions to obey the election court's directions concerning the summoning and examination of witnesses) shall cease to have effect; and

(b)in subsection (7)—

(i)for the words " Subsections (5) and (6) above do " there shall be substituted the words

Subsection (6) above does;

(ii)for the word " shall", where it first occurs, there shall be substituted the words

may, if the Lord Advocate so decides, and shall, if the election court so requests; and

(iii)the words from " and shall give " to the end of the subsection shall cease to have effect

50Sections 141(3) and (4) and 142 (certificates of indemnity given to witnesses by election court) shall cease to have effect.

51In section 156 (costs of election petition)—

(a)in subsection (1) for the words from "the court" onwards there shall be substituted the words

the court may, subject to the provisions of subsection (5) below, make such order with respect to the whole or part of the costs of the petition as is mentioned in that subsection; and

(b)subsections (2) to (4) (payment of costs by constituency or local authority in certain circumstances) shall cease to have effect

52In section 160 (persons reported personally guilty of corrupt or illegal practices)—

(a)subsection (2) (duty of Director of Public Prosecutions to obey the election court's directions concerning person to whom notices are given under section 160(1)) shall cease to have effect; and

(b)for subsection (3) there shall be substituted—

(3)The report shall be laid before the Director of Public Prosecutions..

53In section 161 (justice of the peace)—

(a)for the words "it is the duty of the Director of Public Prosecutions to " there shall be substituted the words

the court shall; and

(b)after the words "Lord Chancellor" there shall be inserted the words

or, in the case of a justice of the peace for any area in Scotland, the Secretary of State.

54In section 162 (member of legal and certain other professions)—

(a)in paragraph (a) for the words " it is the duty of the Director of Public Prosecutions to " there shall be substituted the words

the court shall; and

(b)after the words " Inn of Court ", in both places where they occur, there shall be inserted the words

Faculty of Advocates.

55In subsection (1)(b) of section 163 (holder of licence or certificate under Licensing Acts) for the words "it is the duty of the Director of Public Prosecutions to " there shall be substituted the words

the court shall.

56In section 167 (applications for relief) after subsection (1) there shall be inserted—

(1A)Where a person makes an application under this section he shall notify the Director of Public Prosecutions of the application and the Director or his assistant or representative may attend the hearing of the application and make representations at the hearing in respect of it..

57In section 168 (prosecutions for corrupt practices) subsections (5) and (6) (evidence of at least two credible witnesses required in cases of personation) shall cease to have effect.

58Section 171 (prosecution of election petition offences in England and Wales and Northern Ireland) shall cease to have effect.

59Section 172 (prosecution of election petition offences in Scotland) shall cease to have effect.

60In section 173(a) (incapacities which arise on conviction of a corrupt practice on indictment) the words " on indictment" shall cease to have effect.

61In section 176 (time limit for prosecutions)—

(a)in subsection (1) for the words " any offence to which this section applies " there shall be substituted the words

any offence under any provision contained in or made under this Act;

(b)for subsection (2) there shall be substituted—

(2)For the purposes of this section—

(a)in England and Wales, the laying of an information;

(b)in Scotland, the granting of a warrant to apprehend or cite the accused (if, in relation to an offence alleged to have been committed within the United Kingdom, such warrant is executed without delay); and

(c)in Northern Ireland, the making of a complaint, shall be deemed to be the commencement of a proceeding.; and

(c)subsection (3) shall cease to have effect.

62For section 178 (prosecution of offences committed outside United Kingdom) there shall be substituted— Prosecution of offences committed outside the United Kingdom.

178Proceedings in respect of an offence under this Act alleged to have been committed outside the United Kingdom by a Commonwealth citizen or citizen of the Republic of Ireland may be taken, and the offence may for all incidental purposes be treated as having been committed, in any place in the United Kingdom..

63In section 181—

(a)in subsection (1) (duty of Director of Public Prosecutions to investigate and bring proceedings where any corrupt or illegal practice has occurred) for the words from " corrupt" to " election " there shall be substituted the words

offence under this Act has been committed;

(b)in subsection (2) (duty of Director of Public Prosecutions or his assistant or representative to attend the trial of every election petition) for the word " shall" there shall be substituted the words

may and, if the election court so requests him, shall; and

(c)in subsection (3) (power of the Director to nominate a barrister or solicitor to be his representative) the words " with the Attorney General's approval", " of not less than ten years standing" and "and that representative shall receive such remuneration as the Treasury may approve " shall cease to have effect.

Part IV (special provisions as to certain local elections)

64In section 187 (application of Act to certain local elections)—

(a)in subsection (1) the word " district", in both places where it occurs, shall cease to have effect; and

(b)in subsection (2) for " 64 " there shall be substituted

63.

65Section 190 (voting offences at election of councillors in Scotland) shall cease to have effect.

66In section 191 (municipal elections in the City) in subsection (1) for "192 ". in both places where it occurs, there shall be substituted

193.

67In section 197 (candidate's expenses: ward, and liverymen in common hall, elections)—

(a)in subsection (2) (maximum amount of expenses at an election by liverymen in common hall to be £900) for " £900 " there shall be substituted "15p for every elector on the common hall register to be used at the "election and at the end there shall be added the words

and in this subsection 'common hall register' means the list prepared under section 4 of the City of London Ballot Act 1887; and

(b)in subsection (3) of that section (power to vary by order amounts mentioned in subsections (1) and (2) of the section where change in value of money since last occasion amount varied by order) for the words " varied by such an order " there shall be substituted the words

fixed (whether by such an order or otherwise).

Part V (general and supplemental)

68For subsection (1) of section 200 (public notices) there shall be substituted—

(1)A public notice required by or under this Act to be given by a returning officer for a parliamentary election shall be given by posting the notice in some conspicuous place or places in the constituency and may also be given in such other manner as he thinks desirable for publicising it.

(1A)A public notice required by or under this Act to be given by the proper officer of a local authority at a local government election shall be given by posting the notice in some conspicuous place or places in the local government area and may also be given in such other manner as he thinks desirable for publicising it.

69For subsection (2) of section 201 (regulations) there shall be substituted—

(2)No regulations shall be made under this Act by the Secretary of State otherwise than under section 203(4) below unless a draft of the regulations has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

70In section 202 (interpretation) the definition of "registration duties" shall cease to have effect.

71In section 203 (local government provisions as to England and Wales)—

(a)in subsection (1) for the definition of " electoral area " there shall be substituted— ' electoral area ' means any electoral division or ward or, in the case of a parish or community in which there are no wards, the parish or community, for which the election of councillors is held under the local government Act

(b)in subsection (4) in paragraph (a) at the beginning there shall be inserted the words

the council shall appoint an officer of the council to be registration officer for the isles andand the words from " and any " to " officer " shall cease to have effect.

72In section 205 (general application to Northern Ireland) for paragraph (a) of subsection (1) there shall be substituted—

(a)a reference to the Attorney General refers to the Attorney General for Northern Ireland ;

(aa)a reference to the Director of Public Prosecutions refers to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland ;.

Schedule 1 (parliamentary elections rules)

73In Schedule 1 in rule 1 (timetable)—

(a)in the second column of the entry relating to polling (general elections) for the word " tenth " there shall be substituted the word

eleventh; and

(b)in the third column of that entry (by-elections) for the words " eighth " and " tenth " there shall be substituted respectively the words

ninthand " eleventh ".

74In Schedule 1 in rule 5—

(a)in paragraph (1) (publication of notice of election in the form in the Appendix) the words " in the form in the Appendix ", and

(b)paragraph (3) (registration officer to give additional notice of certain matters),

shall cease to have effect.

75In Schedule 1 at the end of rule 9 (deposit) there shall be added—

(3)Where the deposit is made on behalf of the candidate, the person making the deposit shall at the time he makes it give his name and address to the returning officer (unless they have previously been given to him under section 67 of this Act or rule 6(1) above)..

76In Schedule 1 in rule 19(2)(d) (under which the counterfoil to the ballot paper is to have the same number printed on the face as is printed on the ballot paper) for the words " on the face " there shall be substituted the words

on it.

77In Schedule 1 in rule 23 (notice of the poll)—

(a)in paragraph (2), paragraph (c) and the word " and" immediately preceding it shall cease to have effect and at the end there shall be inserted the words

and he shall as soon as practicable after giving such a notice give a copy of it to each of the election agents; and

(b)paragraph (3) shall cease to have effect.

78In Schedule 1 in rule 24 (returning officer to send out postal ballot papers as soon as practicable) after the word "practicable" there shall be inserted the words

and in no event later than any date which may be prescribed as the last date for the purpose.

79In Schedule 1 in rule 29(5) (alternative forms of notice to be exhibited in compartments at polling stations) for the words from " a notice" onwards there shall be substituted the words

the notice 'Vote for one candidate only. Put no other mark on the ballot paper, or your vote may not be counted.'.

80In Schedule 1 for rule 31 there shall be substituted— Notification of requirement of secrecy

31The returning officer shall make such arrangements as he thinks fit to ensure that—

(a)every person attending at a polling station (otherwise than for the purpose of voting or assisting a blind voter to vote or as a constable on duty there) has been given a copy in writing of the provisions of subsections (1), (3) and (6) of section 66 of this Act; and

(b)every person attending at the counting of the votes (other than any constable on duty at the counting) has been given a copy in writing of the provisions of subsections (2) and (6) of that section..

81In Schedule 1 in rule 37(1)(b) for the words "name and description " there shall be substituted the words

and name.

82In Schedule 1 in rule 45 (the count) for paragraph (1) there shall be substituted—

(1)The returning officer shall—

(a)in the presence of the counting agents open each ballot box and count and record the number of ballot papers in it;

(b)in the presence of the election agents verify each ballot paper account; and

(c)count such of the postal ballot papers as have been duly returned and record the number counted.

(1A)The returning officer shall not count the votes given on any ballot papers until—

(a)in the case of postal ballot papers, they have been mixed with the ballot papers from at least one ballot box, and

(b)in the case of ballot papers from a ballot box, they have been mixed with the ballot papers from at least one other ballot box..

83In Schedule 1 in rule 53—

(a)in paragraph (2) (return of deposit) for the words " as soon as practicable after" there shall be substituted the words

not later than the next day after that on which;

(b)after that paragraph there shall be inserted—

(2A)For the purposes of paragraph (2) above—

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

84In Schedule 1 in the Appendix of forms the form of the front of a ballot paper shall be amended by the insertion at the top of the words

VOTE FOR ONE CANDIDATE ONLYin large capitals.

85In Schedule 1 in the Appendix of forms in the directions as to printing the ballot paper—

(a)in paragraph 2(a), after the word " except" there shall be inserted the words

the directionVOTE FOR ONE CANDIDATE ONLY " and " ;

(b)in paragraph 2(b) after the word " except" there shall be inserted the words

the horizontal rule separating the direction mentioned in paragraph (a) above from the particulars of the candidates and;

(c)in paragraph 2(c) for the words from " the candidates " onwards there shall be substituted the words

the direction mentioned in paragraph (a) above and each of the candidates by the horizontal rules mentioned in paragraph (b) above; and

(d)after paragraph 2 there shall be inserted—

2AThe direction mentioned in paragraph 2(a) above shall be printed in large capitals..

86In Schedule 1 in the Appendix of forms, for the form of directions for the guidance of the voters in voting there shall be substituted— Form of directions for the guidance of the voters in voting Guidance for Voters

1When you are given a ballot paper make sure it is stamped with the official mark.

2Go to one of the compartments. Mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper opposite the name of the candidate you are voting for.

3Fold the ballot paper in two. Show the official mark to the presiding officer, but do not let anyone see your vote. Put the ballot paper in the ballot box and leave the polling station.

4Vote for one candidate only. Put no other mark on the ballot paper, or your vote may not be counted.

5If by mistake you spoil a ballot paper, show it to the presiding officer and ask for another one..

Other Schedules

87In Schedule 2 (regulations as to registration)—

(a)for paragraph 8 there shall be substituted—

8Provisions requiring the registration officer to prepare a special list of those persons entitled to be registered whose addresses are not required to be shown on the electors lists or of any class of such persons, showing the addresses of the person concerned.;

(b)paragraph 9 shall cease to have effect; and

(c)after paragraph 11 there shall be inserted—

11A(1)Provisions authorising or requiring registration officers who are data users to supply data, or documents containing information extracted from data and in such form as may be prescribed, to such persons as may be prescribed on payment of a prescribed fee.

(2)In this paragraph ' data user' and ' data' have the same meanings as in section 1 of the Data Protection Act 1984..

88In Schedule 3 (return and declarations as to election expenses) in paragraph 2 of the Form of Declarations for the word " transmitted " there shall be substituted the word

delivered.

89In Schedule 4 (election expenses at certain local elections in England and Wales)—

(a)in paragraph 3 for the word " send " there shall be substituted the word

deliver; and

(b)in paragraph 4(2) for the words from the beginning to " (b)" there shall be substituted the words—

(2)Civil proceedings for a penalty under this paragraph shall be commenced within the period of one year beginning with the day in respect of which the penalty is alleged to have been incurred.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) above.

90In Schedule 7 (transitional provisions and savings)—

(a)in paragraph 6 for the words " 76(3)" and " varied " there shall be substituted respectively the words

76A(1)and " fixed " ; and

(b)paragraphs 8 and 9 shall cease to have effect

Schedule 5Repeals

ChapterShort titleExtent of repeal
1797 c. 127.The Meeting of Parliament Act 1797.Sections 3 to 5.
7 & 8 Geo. 5. c. 64.The Representation of the People Act 1918.The whole Act, so far as otherwise unrepealed.
5 & 6 Eliz. 2. c. X.The City of London (Various Powers) Act 1957.In section 8(1), the words from " section 32 " to " (proxies at local
1972 c. 70.The Local Government Act 1972.In section 243(3), the words " of election or" in the second place where they occur and the words "as the case may be".
ChapterShort titleExtent of repeal

1983 c. 2.

The Representation of the People Act 1983.

In section 18, in subsection (2)(b) the words " in the case of a county constituency" and in subsection (6) paragraph (b) and the word "and" immediately preceding it.

Sections 19 to 22.

Sections 32 to 34.

Section 38.

Section 39(8).

In section 40(1), the words from " In this subsection " onwards.

In section 43(2)(b), the words ", or section 44(2)".

Section 44.

In section 49, subsections (1)00,

(2)(c)and(3). Section 51.

In section 52(2), the words " by the Secretary of State or, in Scotland ".

Section 53(2).

Section 55.

Section 56(1)(c) and (6).

In section 61, in subsection (1)(c) the words " or applies to vote by post", in subsection (2)00 the words " not being a service voter" and subsection (3)(c).

Section 76(3).

Section 103(2).

In section 104(6), the words

" except section 103(2) ". Section 106(4).

In section 108, subsection (3) and in subsection (4) the word " also ".

In section 124, in paragraph (a) the words "receiving the judges and " and paragraph

In section 125, paragraph (a).

In section 126(3), the words "and Northern Ireland ".

In section 136, in subsection (4) the words from "not" to" notice ", subsection (5) and in subsection (7) the words " not exceeding five days ".

In section 140, subsection (5) and in subsection (7) the words from "and shall give" to the end of the subsection.

Section 141(3) and (4).

Section 142.

In section 148(4)(a) the words "(appointed with the Attorney General's approval)".

Section 156(2) to (4).

Section 160, in subsection (1) the words " and whether " to " indemnity " and subsection (2).

In section 161, the words from "whether" to " not".

In section 162, the words from " whether " to " not ".

In section 163(1)(b), the words from " whether " to " not".

Section 168(5) and (6).

In section 169, the words from "(including " to " court)".

Sections 171 and 172.

In section 173(a), the words " on indictment or by an election court".

In section 176, in subsection (1) the words from "whether" to "otherwise" and subsection (3).

In section 181, in subsection (3) the words from "with" to " approval", from " of not" to "standing" and from " and " onwards and in subsection (6) the words from " so far " to " defendant".

In section 187(1), the word

"51(2)" and the word " district" in both places where it occurs. Section 190.

In section 191(1)(a), the word

" 51(2)". Section 192.

In section 196, the words " or

under section 156(2)". Section 199.

In section 202(1), the definition of " registration duties ".

In section 203(4)(a), the words from " and any " to " officer ".

In Schedule 1, rule 2(3).

In Schedule 1, in rule 5, in paragraph (1) the words " in the form in the Appendix" and paragraph (3).

In Schedule 1, in rule 23, paragraph (2)(c) and the word " and " immediately preceding it and paragraph (3).

In Schedule 1, rule 27.

In Schedule 1, in rule 40(1)(b) the words " named in the list

of persons ".

In Schedule 1, in the Appendix

of Forms, the form of notice

of election.

In Schedule 2, paragraphs 5(4)

and 9.

In Schedule 7, paragraphs 8

and 9.

In Schedule 8, in paragraph

3(a)(ii), the words from " section 32" to "(proxies at

local government elections)"

and paragraph 3(b) and (c).

1984 c. 60.

The Police and Criminal

Evidence Act 1984.

In Schedule 7, in Part I, in

column 3 of the entry relating to the Representation of the People Act 1983, the words " In Schedule 1, paragraph 36 ".

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