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5Power to make provision about electionsE+W+S+N.I.

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(1)For section 13 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (power to make provision about elections etc) substitute—

13Power of the Welsh Ministers to make provision about elections etc

(1)The Welsh Ministers may by order make provision that would be within the legislative competence of the Assembly, if included in an Act of the Assembly, as to—

(a)the conduct of elections of Assembly members,

(b)the questioning of an election of Assembly members and the consequences of irregularities, and

(c)the return of an Assembly member otherwise than at an election.

(2)The provision that may be made under subsection (1)(a) includes, in particular, provision—

(a)about the registration of electors,

(b)for disregarding alterations in a register of electors,

(c)about the limitation of the election expenses of candidates (and the creation of criminal offences in connection with the limitation of such expenses),

(d)for the combination of polls,

(e)for modifying the application of sections 6 and 8(2) where the poll at an election for the return of an Assembly constituency member is abandoned (or notice of it is countermanded), and

(f)for modifying section 9(7) to ensure the allocation of the correct number of seats for the region.

(3)The provision that may be made under subsection (1)(c) includes, in particular, provision modifying section 11(3) to (5).

(4)An order under this section may—

(a)apply or incorporate, with or without modifications or exceptions, any provision of or made under the election enactments, and

(b)so far as may be necessary in consequence of any provision made by an order under this section, make modifications of any provision made by or under any enactment relating to the registration of parliamentary electors or local government electors.

(5)In subsection (4)(a) “"the election enactments”” means—

(a)the Representation of the People Acts,

(b)the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000,

(c)the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002, and

(d)any other enactments relating to parliamentary elections, European Parliamentary elections or local government elections.

(6)No return of an Assembly member at an election may be questioned except by an election petition under the provisions of Part 3 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 as applied or incorporated in an order under this section.

(7)No order is to be made under this section unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the Assembly.

13APower of the Secretary of State to make provision about the combination of polls

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for—

(a)the combination of polls at ordinary general elections of Assembly members with polls at the elections listed in subsection (2), and

(b)the combination of polls at extraordinary general elections of Assembly members, and by-elections for the return of Assembly members, with polls at the elections listed in subsections (2) and (3).

(2)The elections are—

(a)early parliamentary general elections,

(b)parliamentary by-elections, and

(c)European Parliamentary by-elections.

(3)The elections are—

(a)parliamentary general elections, and

(b)European Parliamentary general elections.

(4)The Secretary of State may not make regulations under this section without the agreement of the Welsh Ministers.

(5)Regulations under this section may—

(a)apply or incorporate, with or without modifications or exceptions, any provision made by or under the election enactments, and

(b)modify any form contained in, or in regulations or rules made under, the Representation of the People Acts so far as may be necessary to enable it to be used both for the original purpose and in relation to elections of Assembly members.

(6)In subsection (5)(a) “"the election enactments”” has the meaning given by section 13(5).

(7)No regulations are to be made under this section unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing them has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(2)In section 15 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (combination of polls), after subsection (5C) insert—

(5D)Before making provision under subsection (5) in connection with the combination of polls where one of the elections is a local government election in Wales, the Secretary of State must consult the Welsh Ministers.

(3)In section 7 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Commission to be consulted on changes to electoral law), in subsection (2)(f), after ““64(3)”” insert “ or regulations under section 13A ”.

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