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European Union Referendum Act 2015

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Unincorporated associations with offensive etc names

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8(1)Where—

(a)a permitted participant is an unincorporated association falling within section 54(2)(h) or 54(2A)(g) of the 2000 Act,

(b)the Electoral Commission is notified under section 106(5) of that Act of a change of name of the association, and

(c)in the opinion of the Electoral Commission the new name is obscene or offensive or includes words the publication of which would be likely to amount to the commission of an offence,

the Electoral Commission does not have to enter the new name in the register under section 107 of that Act.

(2)If the Electoral Commission decide under this paragraph not to enter the new name of an unincorporated association in that register, the Electoral Commission—

(a)must as soon as reasonably practicable give written notice to the association of that decision and the reasons for it, and

(b)in any case where they are required to make available for public inspection a document that uses the association’s new name, may replace that name in the document with the name that appears on the register in respect of the association.

(3)The fact that the association’s new name is not entered in the register does not cause the association to cease to be a permitted participant.

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