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Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

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3(1)Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, an Electoral Commissioner shall hold office as such Commissioner—

(a)for the period for which he is appointed, and

(b)otherwise in accordance with the terms of his appointment.

(2)The period for which an Electoral Commissioner is appointed shall be the period specified in relation to him in the address pursuant to which he is appointed.

(3)An Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office on the occurrence of any of the following events—

(a)he consents to being nominated as a candidate at a relevant election (within the meaning of Part II) or to being included in a registered party’s list of candidates at such an election;

(b)he takes up any office or employment in or with—

(i)a registered party or any accounting unit of such a party,

(ii)a recognised third party (within the meaning of Part VI), or

(iii)a permitted participant (within the meaning of Part VII);

(c)he is named as a donor in the register of donations reported under Chapter III or V of Part IV or in any statement of donations included in a return delivered to the Commission under section 98 or 122;

(d)he becomes a member of a registered party.

(4)An Electoral Commissioner may be removed from office by Her Majesty in pursuance of an Address from the House of Commons.

(5)No motion shall be made for such an Address unless the Speaker’s Committee have presented a report to the House of Commons stating that the Committee are satisfied that one or more of the following grounds is made out in the case of the Electoral Commissioner in question—

(a)he has failed to discharge the functions of his office for a continuous period of at least 3 months;

(b)he has failed to comply with the terms of his appointment;

(c)he has been convicted of a criminal offence;

(d)he is an undischarged bankrupt or his estate has been sequestrated in Scotland and he has not been discharged;

(e)he has made an arrangement or composition contract with, or has granted a trust deed for, his creditors;

(f)he is otherwise unfit to hold his office or unable to carry out its functions.

(6)A motion for such an Address shall not be made on the ground mentioned in sub-paragraph (5)(a) if more than 3 months have elapsed since the end of the period in question.

(7)An Electoral Commissioner may be relieved of his office by Her Majesty at his own request.

(8)In this paragraph “registered party” includes, in relation to times before the appointed day for the purposes of Part II of this Act, a party registered under the [1998 c. 48.] Registration of Political Parties Act 1998.

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