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The European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999

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Application of certain provisions for European Parliamentary elections

3.  (1)  The provisions of the 1983 Act and the 1985 Act which are specified in the left-hand column of Schedule 1 to these Regulations shall, subject to–

(a)any modifications and exceptions specified in relation to those provisions in the right-hand column of that Schedule,

(b)paragraph (4) below, and

(c)any modifications necessary in consequence of those provisions,

apply for the purposes of a European Parliamentary election.

(2) The provisions of the 1986 Regulations and the 1986 (Scotland) Regulations which are specified in the left-hand column of Schedule 2 to these Regulations shall, subject to–

(a)any modifications and exceptions specified in relation to those provisions in the right-hand column of that Schedule,

(b)paragraph (4) to (6) below, and

(c)any modifications necessary in consequence of those provisions,

apply for the purposes of a European Parliamentary election.

(3) Section 65(6) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (hereditaments to be treated as unoccupied notwithstanding use for election purposes)(1) and section 72 of the Post Office Act 1969 (remuneration of Post Office for services in relation to a parliamentary election)(2)shall apply in relation to a European Parliamentary election as they apply in relation to a parliamentary election and as though the reference in section 65(6) to a person’s candidature included a reference to a registered party's; as though the reference to a returning officer was a reference to a local returning officer and as though the reference in section 72 to the 1983 Act was a reference to that Act as applied by this regulation and Schedule 1 to these Regulations.

(4) Unless the context otherwise requires, in the provisions applied by Schedules 1 and 2 to these Regulations,

(a)any provision relating to a local government election or local government electors and references in connection therewith (including a reference to a petition questioning an election under the local government Act) shall be disregarded;

(b)any reference to a parliamentary election (except the reference specified in paragraph (7) below) shall be construed as a reference to a European Parliamentary election and any reference to a general election shall accordingly be construed as a reference to a general election of MEPs;

(c)any reference to a constituency (or parliamentary constituency), except the references in sections 6(2A) and 9 of the 1985 Act(3), shall be construed as a reference to an electoral region;

(d)any reference to promoting or procuring the election of a candidate shall be construed as a reference to promoting or procuring the election of either–

(i)a registered party, or

(ii)an individual candidate,

as the case may be;

(e)any reference to a candidate, other than the one referred to in sub-paragraph (d) above, shall be construed as a reference to either–

(i)a candidate on the list of a registered party, or

(ii)an individual candidate,

as the case may be;

(f)any reference to a returning officer in–

(i)rules 24 to 48 and 54 to 58 of the elections rules,

(ii)regulations 78 to 96 of the 1986 Regulations, and

(iii)regulations 76 to 94 of the 1986 (Scotland) Regulations,

shall be construed as a reference to the local returning officer;

(g)any reference to a returning officer, other than the ones referred to in sub-paragraph (f) above, shall be construed as a reference to that officer at a European Parliamentary election;

(h)any reference to a parliamentary elector shall be construed as a reference to an elector at a European Parliamentary election;

(i)any reference to a member in the context of a Member of Parliament shall be construed as a reference to an MEP;

(j)any reference to a parliamentary election petition, except in the context of the rota for the trial of parliamentary election petitions, shall be construed as a reference to a European Parliamentary election petition;

(k)any reference to a return in the context of a return to the writ of election (and a return to Parliament) shall be construed as a reference to the declaration of the result by the returning officer under rule 50 of the elections rules;

(l)any reference to an election agent shall be construed in accordance with regulations 10(9) and 11(9) below;

(m)any reference to the statement of persons nominated shall be construed as a reference to the statement of parties and individual candidates nominated;

(n)any reference to an overseas elector shall be construed as including a reference to a European Parliamentary overseas elector and any reference to an overseas elector’s declaration shall be construed as including a reference to a European Parliamentary overseas elector’s declaration;

(o)any reference to a register of electors shall be construed in accordance with the definition of “register of electors” in regulation 2 above;

(p)any reference to Northern Ireland shall be disregarded; and

(q)any reference to an enactment or instrument made under an enactment shall be construed as a reference to that enactment or instrument as applied by these Regulations.

(5) In the forms in Schedule 2 to the 1986 Regulations, as applied by Schedule 2 to these Regulations, and Schedule 2 to the 1986 (Scotland) Regulations, as so applied, for the words “REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACTS” there shall be substituted “EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS ACT 1978”.

(6) The reference in regulation 70(2) of the 1986 Regulations, as applied by Schedule 2 to these Regulations, to form D and the reference in regulation 68(2) of the 1986 (Scotland) Regulations, as so applied, to form C shall, in the case of a proxy for either a relevant citizen of the Union registered as a European Parliamentary elector or a European Parliamentary overseas elector, be construed as a reference to the form set out in Part II of Schedule 4 to these Regulations.

(7) The references to “parliamentary election” to which paragraph (4)(b) above does not apply are those in section 160(4) of the 1983 Act and the first reference in section 160(5) of that Act.

(2)

1969 c. 48; section 72 was amended by Schedule 8 to the 1983 Act.

(3)

Section 6(2A) was inserted by the Representation of the People Act 1990 (c. 32).

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