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Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989

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10Interpretation

(1)In this Act—

  • “district council” has the meaning given by section 44 of the [1954 c. 33 (N.I.).] Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954,

  • “legal incapacity” includes (in addition to any incapacity by virtue of age or of any subsisting provision of the common law) any disqualification imposed by any statutory provision,

  • “local election”, “local elector” and “local general election” have the same meaning as in the [1962 c. 14 (N.I.).] Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962, and

  • “statutory provision” has the meaning given by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

(2)Any reference in any statutory provision to any provision repealed or revoked by this Act is to be read as a reference to the corresponding provision of this Act or of the Representation of the [1983 c. 2.] People Act 1983 as applied by section 2 of this Act.

11Minor and consequential amendments and repeals

(1)Section 21(1) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (rules regulating procedure of courts, etc.) shall have effect as if the jurisdiction conferred by section 56(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 as applied by section 2 of this Act were conferred by an enactment within the meaning of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

(2)In section 14B of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962, for the words from “travelling”, where it first occurs, to the end there is substituted “and to persons appointed, or to whom functions are delegated, under section 14A travelling and subsistence allowances at such rates as the Secretary of State, with the approval of the Treasury, may determine”.

(3)In section 29(8) of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962, for “any provision of section thirty-one” there is substituted “section 1(3) of the Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989”.

(4)In section 130(1) of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962—

(a)for the definition of “legal incapacity” there is substituted—

“legal incapacity” has the same meaning as in the Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989, and

(b)for the definition of “polling district” there is substituted—

“polling district” means a ward.

(5)In section 3(1) of the [1972 c. 9 (N.I.).] Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972, for the words from “a person to whom” to “applies” there is substituted “a citizen of the Republic of Ireland”.

(6)In section 148(1) of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972, for the definition of “local elector” there is substituted—

“local elector” has the same meaning as in the [1962 c. 14 (N.I.).] Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962,

(7)In Article 7(7) of the [S.I.1972/1264 (N.I. 13).] Electoral Law (Northern Ireland) Order 1972, for “those expenses” there is substituted “all expenses properly incurred in connection with the registration of local electors”.

(8)In section 3 of the Representation of the [1985 c. 50.] People Act 1985—

(a)in subsection (7)(b), the words from “and, in Northern Ireland” to the end are repealed, and

(b)in subsection (8), for “in accordance with the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962” there is substituted “for the purposes of local elections”.

(9)The Northern Ireland legislation specified in Part I of Schedule 3 to this Act and the subordinate legislation specified in Part II of that Schedule is repealed or revoked to the extent specified in the third column.

12Expenses

(1)There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a)any increase attributable to the provisions of this Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment, and

(b)any expenses incurred under section 14A(4) or 14B of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962.

(2)There shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund any increase attributable to the provisions of this Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment.

13Short title, commencement, transitional provision and extent

(1)This Act may be cited as the Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989.

(2)The following provisions of this Act—

(a)section 1(2) and Schedule 1, except so far as that Schedule relates to sections 3 and 4 of the Representation of the [1983 c. 2.] People Act 1983, and

(b)sections 5 and 8(2),

shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint, and different days may be appointed for different provisions and for different purposes.

(3)Subsection (4) below applies to any local election held—

(a)on or after the day which, under section 11 of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962, is the election day in 1989, but

(b)before the earliest day on which the first register of local electors prepared under the Representation of the People Act 1983 as applied by section 2 of this Act would be used for an election.

(4)A person is not entitled to vote as an elector at a local election to which this subsection applies in any district electoral area unless—

(a)he is registered there in the register of parliamentary electors prepared under the Representation of the People Acts and the date by reference to which it was prepared is the qualifying date for the local election, or

(b)he is a peer and is registered there in the register of electors prepared under the [1962 c. 14 (N.I.).] Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 by reference to the qualifying date for the local election.

(5)For the purposes of a local election to which subsection (4) above applies, section 49(2) to (5) and 50 of the Representation of the [1983 c. 2.] People Act 1983 shall have effect—

(a)with the modifications specified in Part II of Schedule 1 to this Act, except paragraph 4, and

(b)as if references to the register of parliamentary electors or the register of local government electors and references to persons registered as parliamentary or local government electors were references respectively to the register mentioned in paragraph (a) or, in the case of peers, paragraph (b) of subsection (4) above and to persons registered in that register.

(6)Nothing in this Act affects the law relating to registration for local elections, in its application to peers, for the purposes of a local election to which subsection (4) above applies.

(7)This Act, except section 11(8), extends to Northern Ireland only.

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