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Local Government Act 2003

Section 104: Power to change date for elections in Wales

298.This section permits the National Assembly for Wales to move, by order, the dates of local elections (either the principal council elections, the community council elections, or both sets of elections) in 2004 so that they are held on the same day as the European Parliamentary general elections due in 2004. Ordinary local elections (i.e. elections other than by-elections) would normally be held on the first Thursday in May (6th May 2004) whilst in 2004 the European Parliamentary elections have to be held in the period 10th to 13th June.

299.A by-election generally has to take place within a specified period after a vacancy occurs. In the event that local elections are moved to June, subsection (2) (a) would (for example) allow the National Assembly for Wales’ order to provide that by-elections should not take place during the period from 6th May 2004 until the June election date.

300.Section 16(1) of the Representation of People Act 1985 provides that where community council, principal council and European Parliamentary elections would otherwise all take place on the same day, the community council elections are to be postponed for 3 weeks. Subsection (2) (b) would allow the National Assembly for Wales’ order to override that provision with the result that all of the elections could take place on the same day in June.

301.Some statutory provisions assume that there will be a single ordinary date of elections for councillors throughout England and Wales. Subsection (3) enables the National Assembly for Wales to make an order providing, for example, for the sensible working in Wales of such provisions in the event of the Secretary of State making an order under section 103 moving some or all of the English local elections in 2004 from May to June.

302.Paragraph 7 of Schedule 7 to the Act extends the power under section 15(5) of the Representation of the People Act 1985 so that, in the event of local elections being moved in 2004, regulations about combining those elections with the European Parliamentary general elections in that year will be able to modify any of the legislation governing any of the combined elections.

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