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The New Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) Order 1998

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7.—(1) This article applies where the Chief Electoral Officer has been notified by—

(a)an election court or the High Court under section 144 or 146 of the 1983 Act, as applied by article 3 of, and Schedule 1 to, this Order, or

(b)the presiding officer of the Assembly under paragraph 7 of the Schedule to the 1998 Act,

that a vacancy exists in the seat of a member of the Assembly and either article 6(1) above does not apply or no person has been declared a member to fill the vacancy under article 6(4) above.

(2) Where this article applies, the Chief Electoral Officer shall set a date as the date of the poll for a by-election to fill the vacancy.

(3) Subsections (2) (the franchise), (3) and (4) (method of election) of section 2 of the 1998 Act and the provisions of this Order (except article 6) shall apply to any by-election as they apply to the election of the initial members of the Assembly.

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