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(1)After section 10ZB of the Representation of the People Act 1983 insert—
(1)A registration officer in Great Britain must enter a person (“P”) in a register maintained by the officer if—
(a)an application for registration is made by someone who appears to the officer to be P,
(b)any requirements imposed by or under this Act in relation to the application are met, and
(c)P appears to the officer to be entitled to be registered in the register.
(2)In determining an application under this section, the officer must consider any objection made in accordance with the prescribed requirements by another person whose name appears in the register.
(3)Regulations may make provision about the procedure for determining applications under this section.”
(2)Schedule 1 contains amendments about the alteration of registers and removal from a register.
(3)Registration officers in Great Britain must have regard to any guidance given by the Minister about the determination of applications under section 10ZC of the 1983 Act.
(4)The guidance that may be given includes guidance about the process for determining whether the conditions in subsection (1) of that section are met and the relative weight to be given to different kinds of evidence.
(5)Subsections (3) and (4) cease to have effect at the end of the period of 5 years beginning with the day on which they come fully into force.
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