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Greater London Authority Act 1999

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10Filling a vacancy in an Assembly constituency

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(1)This section applies where the office of an Assembly member returned for an Assembly constituency is vacant.

(2)Subject to subsection (8) below, an election shall be held in the Assembly constituency to fill the vacancy.

(3)At the election to fill the vacancy—

(a)each person entitled to vote at the election shall have a constituency vote; and

(b)the Assembly member for the Assembly constituency shall be returned under the simple majority system.

(4)The date of the poll at the election shall be fixed by the constituency returning officer in accordance with subsection (5) below.

(5)The date fixed shall be no later than 35 days after the date of the relevant event.

(6)In subsection (5) above, “the relevant event” means—

(a)in a case where the High Court or the proper officer of the Authority has declared the office to be vacant, the making of that declaration; or

(b)in any other case, the giving of notice of the vacancy to the proper officer of the Authority by two or more local government electors for the Assembly constituency concerned.

(7)Section 243(4) of the [1972 c. 70.] Local Government Act 1972 shall apply for the purpose of computing the period of 35 days referred to in subsection (5) above as it applies for the purposes of section 89(1) of that Act.

(8)If the vacancy occurs within the period of six months preceding an ordinary election, it shall be left unfilled until that election unless subsection (9) below applies.

(9)This subsection applies if, on the occurrence of the vacancy (or, in the case of a number of simultaneous vacancies, the occurrence of the vacancies) the total number of unfilled vacancies in the membership of the Assembly exceeds one-third of the whole number of Assembly members.

(10)A person may not be a candidate at an election to fill a vacancy if he is—

(a)the Mayor;

(b)an Assembly member; or

(c)a candidate in another such election.

(11)The term of office of the person returned at the election—

(a)shall begin immediately upon his being declared to be returned as the constituency member; and

(b)shall end at the time when it would have ended had he been returned as the constituency member at the previous ordinary election.

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