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7(1)Where this Part comes into effect in relation to the Board, the political members shall be nominated by applying sub-paragraphs (3) to (8) within the prescribed period.N.I.

(2)Where at any other time—

(a)an Assembly is elected under section 31 or 32 of the M1Northern Ireland Act 1998;

(b)a resolution which causes one or more Ministerial offices to become vacant is passed under section 30(2) of that Act; or

(c)the period of exclusion imposed by a resolution under section 30(2) of that Act comes to an end,

all political members shall cease to hold office and the political members shall be nominated by applying sub-paragraphs (3) to (8) within the prescribed period.

(3)At the request of the Secretary of State, the nominating officer of the political party for which the formula in sub-paragraph (7) gives the highest figure may nominate a person as a member of the Board who—

(a)is a member of that party and of the Assembly; and

(b)is not disqualified for membership of the Board.

(4)The nominated person may take up office as a member of the Board by making a statement to that effect to the Secretary of State.

(5)If—

(a)the nominating officer does not exercise the power conferred by sub-paragraph (3) within the prescribed period; or

(b)the nominated person does not take up office as a member of the Board within that period,

that power shall become exercisable by the nominating officer of the political party for which the formula in sub-paragraph (7) gives the next highest figure.

(6)Sub-paragraphs (3) to (5) shall be applied as many times as may be necessary to secure that all of the offices as political member are filled.

(7)The formula is—

where—

S = the number of seats in the Assembly which were held by members of the party on the day on which the Assembly first met following its election; and

M = the number of members of the party (if any) who hold office as a political member of the Board.

(8)Where the figures given by the formula for two or more political parties are equal, each of those figures shall be recalculated with S being equal to the number of first preference votes cast for the party at the last general election of members of the Assembly.

(9)A political member shall cease to hold office if—

(a)he resigns by notice in writing to the Board;

(b)he becomes disqualified for membership of the Board; or

(c)he ceases to be a member of the Assembly otherwise than by virtue of a dissolution.

(10)Where a person ceases to hold office as a political member otherwise than by virtue of sub-paragraph (2), the nominating officer of the party on whose behalf that person was nominated may nominate a person to hold the office who—

(a)is a member of that party and of the Assembly; and

(b)is not disqualified for membership of the Board.

(11)If—

(a)the nominating officer does not exercise the power conferred by sub-paragraph (10) within the prescribed period; or

(b)the nominated person does not take up the office within that period,

the vacancy shall be filled by applying sub-paragraphs (3) to (8) within such further period as may be prescribed.

(12)Where—

(a)the Assembly has resolved under section 30(2) of the M2Northern Ireland Act 1998 that a political party does not enjoy its confidence; and

(b)the party’s period of exclusion has not come to an end,

the party shall be disregarded for the purposes of any application of sub-paragraphs (3) to (8).

(13)In this paragraph—

  • nominating officer”, in relation to a party, means the person registered under Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 as the party’s nominating officer or a member of the Assembly nominated by him for the purpose;

  • prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

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