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Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009

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[F1Power to make further provisionE+W

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F1Sch. 5B inserted (28.1.2016 for specified purposes, 28.3.2016 in so far as not already in force) by Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 (c. 1), s. 25(2), Sch. 1

12(1)The Secretary of State or the [F2Minister for the Cabinet Office] may by order make provision as to—E+W

(a)the conduct of elections for the return of mayors, and

(b)the questioning of elections for the return of mayors and the consequences of irregularities.

(2)An order under sub-paragraph (1)(a) may, in particular, include provision—

(a)about the registration of electors,

(b)for disregarding alterations in a register of electors,

(c)about the limitation of election expenses (and the creation of criminal offences in connection with the limitation of such expenses), and

(d)for the combination of polls at elections for the return of mayors and other elections.

(3)An order under this paragraph may—

(a)apply or incorporate (with or without modifications) any provision of, or made under, the Representation of the People Acts or any provision of any other enactment (whenever passed or made) relating to parliamentary elections or local government elections,

(b)modify any form contained in, or in regulations or rules made under, the Representation of the People Acts so far as may be necessary to enable it to be used both for the original purpose and in relation to elections for the return of mayors, and

(c)so far as may be necessary in consequence of any provision made by or under this Part or any order under this paragraph, amend any provision of any enactment (whenever passed or made) relating to the registration of parliamentary electors or local government electors.

(4)Before making an order under this paragraph, the Secretary of State or the [F3Minister for the Cabinet Office] must consult the Electoral Commission.

(5)In addition, the power of the Secretary of State or the [F4Minister for the Cabinet Office] to make an order under this paragraph so far as relating to matters mentioned in sub-paragraph (2)(c) is exercisable only on, and in accordance with, a recommendation of the Electoral Commission, except where the Secretary of State or the [F4Minister for the Cabinet Office] considers that it is expedient to exercise that power in consequence of changes in the value of money.

(6)No return of a mayor at an election is to be questioned except by an election petition under the provisions of Part 3 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 as applied by or incorporated in an order under this paragraph.]

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