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3(1)The returning officer must ascertain from the qualifying party’s list of candidates the name and address of the person whose name appears highest on that list (“the first choice”), disregarding the name of any person who has been returned as an MEP or who has died.
(2)The returning officer must take such steps as the returning officer considers reasonable to contact the first choice to ask whether he or she will—
(a)state in writing that he or she is willing and able to be returned as an MEP, and
(b)deliver a certificate, signed by or on behalf of the nominating officer of the qualifying party, stating that he or she may be returned as that party’s MEP.
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