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24In this Part of this Schedule “relevant person” means a person who—
(a)is for the time being registered in a register by virtue of an application made under section 7(2) or 7A(2) of the Representation of the People Act 1983, and
(ab)has been registered by virtue of an application of that kind since immediately before the commencement date.
25(1)The amendments made by Part 1 of this Act do not apply to an application made by a relevant person by virtue of section 7(4) or 7A(4) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 in relation to a case where the person’s entry in a register comes up for renewal during the transitional period.
(2)“Transitional period” means the period of 3 months beginning with the commencement date.
(3)For the purposes of this paragraph, a relevant person’s entry in a register comes up for renewal when an event mentioned in section 7(3) or 7A(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 occurs in relation to that entry.
26(1)An absent voting application made by a relevant person on or after the commencement date is not to be refused merely because the person has not made a successful new application for registration (but see paragraph 25).
(2)“Absent voting application” means an application under paragraph 3(1) or (2) or 4(1) or (2) of Schedule 4 to the Representation of the People Act 2000.
27(1)The amendment made by section 3 of this Act (read with paragraph 18 above) does not apply in relation to a proxy appointment for a relevant person (or the proxy’s entitlement to vote) until the first occasion on which the relevant person makes a successful new application for registration in the relevant register.
(2)In this paragraph—
(a)“proxy appointment” means an appointment of a person as proxy under paragraph 6(7) or (8) of Schedule 4 to the Representation of the People Act 2000 (whether made before, on or after the commencement date);
(b)“relevant register” means the register which relates to elections of the same kind as those to which the proxy appointment relates.
(3)If a proxy appointment ceases to be in force because sub-paragraph (1) ceases to preserve it, the officer must—
(a)notify the proxy and the relevant person in the prescribed manner, and
(b)take any other prescribed steps.
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