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6The Representation of the People Act 1983 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.
7In section 76ZA(3)(a) after “during” insert “ or after ”.E+W+S+N.I.
8In section 93(5)(a) omit the words from “or any earlier time” to the end.E+W+S+N.I.
9In section 119(2) after “mourning” insert “ (but, in relation to a parliamentary general election, excluding any day to which rule 2 of the parliamentary elections rules does not apply by virtue of rule 2(2A)) ”.E+W+S+N.I.
10(1)Amend the Timetable in rule 1 in Schedule 1 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)In the entry relating to “Issue of writ”, in column 2, for “issue of the proclamation summoning the new Parliament” substitute “ dissolution of Parliament by section 3(1) of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 ”.
(3)In the entry relating to “Delivery of nomination papers”, in column 2, for “proclamation summoning the new Parliament” substitute “ dissolution of Parliament by section 3(1) of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 ”.
(4)In the entry relating to “Polling”, in column 2, for “eleventh day after the last day for delivery of nomination papers” substitute “ day determined under section 1 of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 or appointed under section 2(7) of that Act ”.
11(1)Amend rule 2 in Schedule 1 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)In paragraph (1) omit the words from “, and any such day” to the end.
(3)After paragraph (1) insert—
“(1A)In relation to a general election, any day within paragraph (1)(a) to (c) shall not be treated as a day for the purpose of any proceedings in the Timetable before the polling day.
(1B)In relation to a by-election, any day within paragraph (1)(a) to (c) shall not be treated as a day for the purpose of any proceedings in the Timetable up to the completion of the poll nor shall the returning officer be obliged to proceed with the counting of the votes on such a day.”
(4)Omit paragraph (2)(ii) and the “and” before it.
(5)After paragraph (2) insert—
“(2A)In relation to a general election, this rule does not apply to a day which is a bank holiday or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning if—
(a)the day was not fixed or appointed as such before the dissolution of Parliament by section 3(1) of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, or
(b)the day is one that is treated as a working day by section 3(6) of that Act.
But, in relation to any proceedings commenced afresh by reason of a candidate's death, this paragraph is to be ignored.”
12In rule 6A(4) in Schedule 1 after “rule 2(1)” insert “ (subject to rule 2(2A)) ”.E+W+S+N.I.
13In the form of writ in the Appendix of Forms at the end of Schedule 1 for the words from “the advice” to “next” substitute “ section 3(1) of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 Parliament has dissolved ”.E+W+S+N.I.
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