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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part 1 Co-ordinated on-line record of electors

    1. 1.CORE schemes: establishment

    2. 2.Use of CORE information

    3. 3.CORE scheme grants

    4. 3A.Establishment of corporation sole to be CORE keeper

    5. 4.Electoral Commission

    6. 5.CORE schemes: supplemental

    7. 6.CORE schemes: procedure

    8. 7.Amendment of the 1983 Act

    9. 8.Interpretation of Part

  3. Part 2 Registration of electors

    1. 9.Registration officers: duty to take necessary steps

    2. 10.Anonymous registration

    3. 11.Alterations of registers: pending elections

    4. 12.Determinations by registration officers and objections

    5. 13.Registration of voters with service qualification

  4. Part 3 Anti-fraud measures

    1. 14.Absent voting: personal identifiers

    2. 15.Offences as to false registration information

  5. Part 4 Review of polling places

    1. 16.Review of polling places

  6. Part 5 Standing for election

    1. 17.Minimum age

    2. 18.Certain Commonwealth citizens

    3. 19.Nomination procedures

  7. Part 6 Conduct of elections etc.

    1. Election timetables

      1. 20.Omission of references to Maundy Thursday

    2. Nomination

      1. 21.Use of candidates' common names

      2. 22.Candidate not to stand in more than one constituency

      3. 23.Offences as to false statements in nomination papers

    3. Death of candidate

      1. 24.Death of candidate

    4. Election expenses

      1. 25.Amount of expenses which may be incurred by third party

      2. 26.Return as to election expenses

      3. 27.Meaning of election expenses for purposes of the 1983 Act

    5. Observation of elections etc.

      1. 28.Discretion to report on certain elections

      2. 29.Observation of proceedings and working practices

    6. Ballot papers

      1. 30.Ballot paper design

      2. 31.Replacement of counterfoils

      3. 32.Photographs on ballot papers: piloting

      4. 33.Evaluation of pilots under section 32

      5. 34.Revision of electoral provisions in the light of pilot schemes

    7. Voting in person

      1. 35.Certain voters entitled to vote in person

    8. Certain electoral documents

      1. 36.Translations etc. of certain documents

      2. 37.Documents relating to postal voting

    9. Circumstances in which votes may be tendered

      1. 38.Tendered votes

    10. Offences related to voting

      1. 39.Undue influence

      2. 40.Offences relating to applications for postal and proxy votes

    11. Access to election documents

      1. 41.Control of documents after parliamentary election

      2. 42.Access to other election documents

      3. 43.Access to other election documents: contravention of regulations

      4. 44.Access to other election documents: supplementary

      5. 45.Marked postal voters list

    12. Correction of procedural errors

      1. 46.Returning officers: correction of procedural errors

    13. Miscellaneous amendments

      1. 47.Miscellaneous amendments of the 1983 Act

  8. Part 7 Regulation of parties

    1. Registration of parties

      1. 48.Registered names of parties

      2. 49.Political party descriptions

      3. 50.Confirmation of registered particulars

      4. 51.Removal from register of registered parties

      5. 52.Time for registration of parties fielding candidates

    2. Accounting requirements

      1. 53.Requirements as to statements of account

      2. 54.Time for delivery of unaudited accounts to Electoral Commission

    3. Control of donations

      1. 55.Policy development grants to be donations

      2. 56.Exemption from requirement to prepare quarterly donation reports

      3. 57.Repeal of section 68 of the 2000 Act

      4. 58.Register of donations to include details of nature of donation

      5. 59.Reporting donations to holders of certain elective offices

      6. 60.Northern Ireland: disapplication of Part 4 of the 2000 Act

    4. Regulation of loans etc.

      1. 61.Regulation of loans etc.

      2. 62.Regulation of loans: power to make provision for candidates, third parties and referendums

      3. 63.Regulation of loans etc: Northern Ireland

    5. Campaign expenditure

      1. 64.Campaign expenditure: standing for more than one party

      2. 65.Time limit for claims in respect of campaign expenditure

    6. Referendum and election material

      1. 66.Details to appear on referendum and election material

  9. Part 8 Miscellaneous

    1. Election services

      1. 67.Performance of local authorities in relation to elections etc.

      2. 68.Funding of services and expenses of returning officers

    2. Encouraging electoral participation

      1. 69.Encouraging electoral participation

    3. Criminal proceedings

      1. 70.Time limit for prosecutions

      2. 71.Restriction on powers of arrest by persons other than constables

    4. Pre-consolidation amendments

      1. 72.Pre-consolidation amendments

    5. Legal incapacity to vote

      1. 73.Abolition of common law incapacity: mental state

  10. Part 9 General

    1. 74.Miscellaneous amendments and repeals

    2. 75.Financial provision

    3. 76.Interpretation

    4. 77.Commencement

    5. 78.Extent

    6. 79.Short title

  11. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Amendments

      1. Part 1 Anonymous registration

        1. The Juries Act 1974 (c. 23)

          1. 1.In section 3 of the Juries Act 1974 (electoral register...

        2. The 1983 Act

          1. 2.The 1983 Act is amended in accordance with paragraphs 3...

          2. 3.In section 4 (entitlement to be registered as parliamentary or...

          3. 4.(1) Section 9 (registers of electors) is amended as follows....

          4. 5.In section 10 (maintenance of registers: annual canvass), in subsection...

          5. 6.(1) Section 10A (maintenance of the registers: registration of electors)...

          6. 7.In section 49 (effect of registers), after subsection (4) insert—...

          7. 8.In section 56 (registration appeals), in subsection (1) after paragraph...

          8. 9.(1) Section 62 (offences as to declarations) is amended as...

          9. 10.(1) Section 91 (candidate's right to send election address post...

          10. 11.In section 121 (presentation and service of parliamentary election petition),...

          11. 12.In section 128 (presentation of petition questioning local election), after...

          12. 13.(1) Section 202(1) (general provisions as to interpretation) is amended...

          13. 14.(1) Schedule 1 (parliamentary elections rules) is amended as follows....

          14. 15.(1) Schedule 2 (provisions which may be contained in regulations...

          15. 16.In Schedule 2A (control of donations to candidates), the existing...

        3. The Representation of the People Act 1985 (c. 50)

          1. 17.(1) Section 3 of the Representation of the People Act...

        4. The Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c. 29)

          1. 18.(1) Section 17A of the Greater London Authority Act 1999...

        5. The Representation of the People Act 2000 (c. 2)

          1. 19.Schedule 4 to the Representation of the People Act 2000...

          2. 20.(1) Paragraph 3 is amended as follows.

          3. 21.In paragraph 4, after sub-paragraph (2) insert—

          4. 22.In paragraph 5, after sub-paragraph (3) insert—

          5. 23.In paragraph 7, after sub-paragraph (8) insert—

        6. The 2000 Act

          1. 24.The 2000 Act is amended as follows.

          2. 25.In section 65 (submission of donation reports to Commission), after...

          3. 26.In paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 (details to be given...

          4. 27.The existing text of paragraph 3 of that Schedule becomes...

          5. 28.In Schedule 7 (control of donations to individuals and members...

          6. 29.In Schedule 11 (control of donations to recognised third parties),...

          7. 30.In Schedule 15 (control of donations to permitted participants), in...

      2. Part 2 Alteration of registers: pending elections

        1. 31.The 1983 Act is amended as follows.

        2. 32.In section 13A(4) (alteration of registers), after “section 13B(3)” insert...

        3. 33.Schedule 1 (parliamentary elections rules) is amended as follows.

        4. 34.In rule 29 (equipment of polling stations) after paragraph (5)...

        5. 35.In rule 38 (votes marked by presiding officer), after paragraph...

        6. 36.In rule 39 (voting by person with disabilities), after paragraph...

        7. 37.In rule 40 (tendered ballot papers), after paragraph (4A) (inserted...

        8. 38.After rule 41 (spoilt ballot papers) insert— Correction of errors...

        9. 39.In rule 43 (procedure on close of poll)—

        10. 40.In rule 55 (delivery of documents to Clerk of the...

      3. Part 3 Standing for election

        1. European Parliament

          1. 41.(1) Section 10 of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002...

        2. Greater London Authority

          1. 42.(1) Section 20 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999...

        3. Local authorities in England and Wales

          1. 43.(1) Section 79 of the Local Government Act 1972 (c....

        4. National Assembly for Wales

          1. 44.In section 13(2) of the Government of Wales Act 1998...

        5. Scottish Parliament

          1. 45.In section 16(2) of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46)...

        6. Local authorities in Scotland

          1. 46.(1) Section 29 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973...

        7. Councillors in Northern Ireland

          1. 47.(1) Section 3 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland)...

      4. Part 4 Omission of references to Maundy Thursday

        1. The Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 (C. 14)

          1. 48.In Schedule 5 to the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland)...

        2. The 1983 Act

          1. 49.The 1983 Act is amended in accordance with paragraphs 50...

          2. 50.In section 40(1) (timing as to local elections in England...

          3. 51.(1) In section 119(2) (computation of time for purposes of...

          4. 52.In rule 2(1) of Schedule 1 (computation of time for...

        3. The Representation of the People Act 1985 (c. 50)

          1. 53.In section 19(6) of the Representation of the People Act...

        4. The 2000 Act

          1. 54.In section 77(9) of the 2000 Act (computation of time...

      5. Part 5 Conduct of elections

        1. The Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962

          1. 55.The Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 (C. 14) is...

        2. Attendance at election proceedings

          1. 56.In Schedule 5 (local elections rules), in rule 9 (right...

          2. 57.In rule 29 of that Schedule (admission to polling station)...

          3. 58.In rule 44 of that Schedule (attendance at counting of...

        3. Identifying marks and security markings on ballot papers etc.

          1. 59.(1) Rule 16 of that Schedule (ballot papers) is amended...

          2. 60.(1) Rule 17 of that Schedule (the official mark) is...

          3. 61.(1) The Appendix of forms of that Schedule is amended...

          4. 62.(1) Paragraph 27 of Schedule 9 (electoral misdemeanours) is amended...

        4. Tendered votes in certain circumstances

          1. 63.(1) In rule 37 of Schedule 5 (tendered ballot papers)...

          2. 64.In rule 32 of that Schedule (questions to be put...

        5. Assistance for persons with disabilities

          1. 65.In rule 35 of Schedule 5 (votes marked by presiding...

          2. 66.In rule 36 of that Schedule (voting by persons with...

          3. 67.In rule 41 of that Schedule (procedure on close of...

          4. 68.In the Appendix of Forms in that Schedule, in Note...

        6. The 1983 Act

          1. 69.The 1983 Act is amended in accordance with paragraphs 70...

        7. Official poll cards

          1. 70.(1) Rule 28 of Schedule 1 (issue of official poll...

        8. Election expenses

          1. 71.In section 76(1B) (limitation of election expenses) for “above” (in...

        9. Postal voting statement

          1. 72.In section 65 (tampering with nomination papers, ballot papers etc.)...

          2. 73.(1) Rule 45 of Schedule 1 (the count at parliamentary...

        10. Questions to be put to voters

          1. 74.For rule 35 of that Schedule (questions to be put...

        11. Voting procedure

          1. 75.(1) For rule 37 of that Schedule (voting procedure) substitute—...

        12. Assistance for persons with disabilities

          1. 76.In section 202 (general provisions as to interpretation), in subsection...

          2. 77.In rule 38 of Schedule 1 (votes marked by presiding...

          3. 78.In rule 39 of that Schedule (voting by persons with...

          4. 79.In rule 43 of that Schedule (procedure on close of...

          5. 80.In the Appendix of Forms in that Schedule, in Note...

        13. Tendered ballot papers

          1. 81.(1) Rule 40 of that Schedule (tendered ballot papers) is...

        14. Attendance at election proceedings

          1. 82.In section 66(1) (requirement of secrecy) after paragraph (b) insert—...

          2. 83.(1) Rule 11 of Schedule 1 (right to attend nomination)...

          3. 84.In rule 32 of that Schedule (admission to polling station)...

          4. 85.(1) Rule 44 of that Schedule (attendance at counting of...

        15. Identifying marks and security markings on ballot papers etc.

          1. 86.In section 66 (requirement of secrecy), in each of the...

          2. 87.In rule 19 of Schedule 1 (ballot papers at parliamentary...

          3. 88.(1) Rule 20 of that Schedule (the official mark at...

          4. 89.In rule 29 of that Schedule (equipment of polling stations...

          5. 90.(1) Rule 37 of that Schedule (voting procedure at parliamentary...

          6. 91.In rule 45 of that Schedule (the count), in paragraph...

          7. 92.In rule 47 of that Schedule (rejected ballot papers at...

          8. 93.(1) The Appendix of forms in that Schedule is amended...

        16. Cancellation of postal ballot papers

          1. 94.In Schedule 2 (provisions which may be contained in regulations...

        17. Control of documents after parliamentary election: Northern Ireland

          1. 95.(1) Schedule 1 (parliamentary elections rules) is amended as follows....

        18. Local government elections in Scotland

          1. 96.The amendments made by paragraphs 72, 86 and 94 do...

      6. Part 6 Control of loans etc. to individuals and members associations

        1. 97.The 2000 Act is amended in accordance with paragraphs 98...

        2. 98.After section 71X (inserted by section 61 of this Act)...

        3. 99.After Schedule 7 insert— SCHEDULE 7A Control of loans etc...

        4. 100.In section 156(4) (provision about subordinate legislation), after paragraph (i)...

        5. 101.In Schedule 20 (penalties), after the entry relating to paragraph...

        6. 102.(1) The Secretary of State must not make an order...

      7. Part 7 Miscellaneous

        1. The Family Law Reform Act 1969 (c. 46)

          1. 103.In Schedule 2 to the Family Law Reform Act 1969...

        2. The 1983 Act

          1. 104.The 1983 Act is amended in accordance with paragraphs 105...

          2. 105.In section 10 (maintenance of registers: annual canvass), in subsection...

          3. 106.In section 10A (maintenance of registers: registration of electors), in...

          4. 107.(1) Section 29 (payments by and to returning officer), as...

          5. 108.In section 31(2) (polling districts at local government elections in...

          6. 109.In section 53 (power to make regulations as to registration...

          7. 110.In section 58 (registration appeals: Northern Ireland), in subsection (1),...

          8. 111.In section 73 (payment of expenses through election agent), in...

          9. 112.(1) In section 74A (expenses incurred otherwise than for election...

          10. 113.In section 75 (prohibition of expenses not authorised by election...

          11. 114.In section 81(9) (returns as to election expenses)—

          12. 115.In section 89(1A) (inspection of return containing statement of donations),...

          13. 116.In section 90 (election expenses at elections where election agent...

          14. 117.In section 90C (property, goods and services provided free of...

          15. 118.(1) Section 90D (modification of election expenses provisions relating to...

          16. 119.In section 118 (interpretation of Part 2), in the definition...

          17. 120.(1) Section 160 (persons reported personally guilty of corrupt or...

          18. 121.In section 168 (prosecutions for corrupt practice), in subsection (1)(a)(i)...

          19. 122.In section 173 (incapacities on conviction of corrupt or illegal...

          20. 123.(1) Section 173A (incapacity to hold public or judicial office...

          21. 124.In section 187 (application of Act to certain local elections)...

          22. 125.In section 191 (municipal elections in the City), in subsection...

          23. 126.In section 193 (personation and other voting offences), in paragraph...

          24. 127.In section 197 (candidate's expenses: ward, and liverymen in common...

          25. 128.(1) Section 202(1) (general interpretation) is amended as follows.

          26. 129.(1) Rule 6A of Schedule 1 (nomination papers: registered political...

          27. 130.In rule 12(3A) of that Schedule (decisions as to validity...

          28. 131.In rule 14(5) of that Schedule (statement of persons nominated:...

          29. 132.For rule 36 of that Schedule (challenge of voter) substitute—...

          30. 133.The amendments made by paragraphs 111, 112, 114, 117 and...

        3. The Representation of the People Act 1985 (c. 50)

          1. 134.In section 6 of the Representation of the People Act...

          2. 135.(1) Schedule 1 to that Act (special polling stations in...

        4. The Caldey Island Act 1990 (c. 44)

          1. 136.In section 4(1) of the Caldey Island Act 1990 (savings)...

        5. The Representation of the People Act 2000 (c. 2)

          1. 137.(1) Schedule 4 to the Representation of the People Act...

        6. The 2000 Act

          1. 138.The 2000 Act is amended as follows.

          2. 139.In section 3 (appointment of Electoral Commissioners and Commission chairman),...

          3. 140.In section 24 (office-holders to be registered), in subsection (4),...

          4. 141.In section 27 (financial structure of registered parties: accounting units),...

          5. 142.In section 29 (registration of party emblems), in subsection (2)...

          6. 143.(1) Section 34 (registration of minor parties) is amended as...

          7. 144.(1) Section 50 (definition of donations for the purposes of...

          8. 145.In section 52 (payments, services etc. not to be regarded...

          9. 146.(1) Section 53(4) (value of donations) is amended as follows....

          10. 147.In section 55(2) (payments from public funds to be treated...

          11. 148.(1) Section 62 (quarterly donation reports) is amended as follows....

          12. 149.In section 69 (register of recordable donations)—

          13. 150.(1) Section 146 (supervisory powers of Commission) is amended as...

          14. 151.(1) Section 148(6) (general offences) is amended as follows.

          15. 152.In Schedule 1 (the Electoral Commission), in paragraph 3(3) (term...

          16. 153.In Schedule 6, after paragraph 5 insert— Application of reporting...

          17. 154.(1) Schedule 7 (donations to individuals and members associations by...

          18. 155.In Schedule 20 (penalties), omit the entries relating to section...

        7. European Parliament (Representation) Act 2003 (c. 7)

          1. 156.In section 12 of the European Parliament (Representation) Act 2003—...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Repeals

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