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Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006

Section 4: The relevant registration objectives

35.Section 4 inserts new section 10ZB into the 1983 Act. This new section sets out the relevant registration objectives. These are the objectives that the CEO must aim to meet in maintaining the electoral register in Northern Ireland. These objectives are to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that:

  • everyone who is entitled to be registered is on the register;

  • no-one who is not entitled to be registered is on the register; and

  • all the required information in relation to individuals contained on the register is correct.

36.The “required information” is an individual’s: name; qualifying address; date of birth; national insurance number (or a statement that they do not have one); and signature. However, the section allows for the requirement for a person’s signature to be dispensed with in the event that a CORE (co-ordinated on-line record of electors) scheme, allowing for electronic registration of electors across the United Kingdom, is implemented. CORE schemes are provided for by the EAA.

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