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The European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004

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1.  (1)  This Schedule has effect for controlling donations to individual candidates at an election.

(2) The following provisions have effect for the purposes of this Schedule.

(3) In accordance with sub-paragraph (1), references to a candidate are to an individual candidate.

(4) “Relevant donation”, in relation to a candidate at an election, means a donation to the candidate or his election agent for the purpose of meeting election expenses incurred by or on behalf of the candidate.

(5) In sub-paragraph (4) above the reference to a donation for the purpose of meeting election expenses incurred by or on behalf of a candidate includes a reference to a donation for the purpose of securing that any such expenses are not so incurred; and a donation shall be taken to be a donation for either of those purposes if, having regard to all the circumstances, it must be reasonably assumed to be such a donation.

(6) “Donation” shall be construed in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 4 below.

(7) Where—

(a)at a time when any order is in force under section 70(1) of the 2000 Act a donation is received by a candidate at a European Parliamentary election in Great Britain or Gibraltar, and

(b)the order provides for sub-paragraph (7) of paragraph 1 of Schedule 2A to the 1983 Act(1) to apply to any such donation,

references to a permissible donor falling within section 54(2) of that Act(2) in relation to the donation, as not including a registered party which is registered in the Northern Ireland register maintained by the Commission under Part 2 of that Act(3).

(8) “The Commission” means the Electoral Commission established by section 1 of that Acct.

(1)

Schedule 2A was inserted by section 130 of, and Schedule 16 to, the 2000 Act.

(2)

Section 54(2) was amended by Regulation 11(b) of the 2001 Regulations.

(3)

Schedule 2A was inserted by section 130 of, and Schedule 16 to, the 2000 Act.

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