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Parliament (Elections and Meeting) Act 1943

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3For subsections (3), (4) and (5) of section thirteen there shall be substituted the following subsections :—

(3)Subject to the provisions of electoral registration regulations, a registration officer shall require each person holding the office of overseer to perform such of the duties of the registration officer in connection with any electors' list or supplementary list as are analogous to the duties which, but for the passing of this Act, would have been performed by that person by virtue of his office under the principal Act; and it shall be the duty of every such person—

(a)to comply with any such requirement; and

(b)to give to a registration officer such information as the registration officer may reasonably require from him for the purposes of this Part of this Act.

(4)An overseer shall be entitled to payment for services performed and expenses incurred by him, in the execution of duties under this section ; and any sum payable to an overseer under this subsection shall be treated for the purposes of this Part of this Act as part of the expenses incurred in the performance of his duties under this Part of this Act by the registration officer on whose requisition the services were performed or the expenses were incurred.

(5)If it appears to the Secretary of State on the representation of a registration officer that any overseer has failed to perform any duties which that officer has required him to perform under this section, then (without prejudice to the taking of proceedings in respect of the failure) the Secretary of State may authorise the registration officer to appoint some other person to perform those duties in his stead, and any person so appointed shall, for that purpose, have all the like powers and duties and be entitled to the like payment for services and expenses as if he were the overseer in whose stead he is appointed.

(6)If without reasonable excuse—

(a)a registration officer fails to perform any of his duties under this Part of this Act, electoral registration regulations or national registration regulations; or

(b)ah overseer, or person appointed under the last foregoing subsection instead of an overseer, fails to perform any of the duties or give any information, required of him under this section by a registration officer ;

he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.

(7)In this section the expression " overseer " has the meaning assigned to it by paragraph (4) of Rule 44 of the First Schedule to the principal Act.

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