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The Local Elections (Principal Areas) (England and Wales) Rules 2006

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2.  (1)  In these Rules,

“1983 Act” means the Representation of the People Act 1983;

“Assembly constituency” shall have the same meaning as in section 2(4) and (5) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999(1);

“the Combination of Polls Regulations” means the Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) Regulations 2004(2);

“counting observer” shall have the same meaning as in regulation 2(1) of the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2001(3);

“counting officer” shall have the same meaning as in regulation 2(1) of the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2001;

“European Parliamentary election” shall have the same meaning as in section 27(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1985(4);

GLRO” means the Greater London returning officer, being the person who is for the time being the proper officer of the Greater London Authority for the purposes of section 35(2C) of the 1983 Act or any person acting on his behalf(5);

“local counting area” shall have the same meaning as in regulation 2(1) of the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004(6);

“mayoral election” means an election conducted under the Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2002(7);

“petition organiser” shall have the same meaning as in regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000(8);

“polling observer” shall have the same meaning as in regulation 2(1) of the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2001;

“principal area” means, in England, a county, district or London borough and, in Wales, a county or county borough;

“referendum” means a referendum conducted under the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2001;

“voting area” shall have the same meaning as in regulation 2 of the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2001.

(2) In these Rules, “relevant election or referendum” means one or more of the following—

(a)a Parliamentary election(9);

(b)a European Parliamentary election;

(c)another local government election;

(d)a mayoral election; and

(e)a referendum,

the poll at which is taken together with the poll at the principal area election.

(3) In the case of a referendum, a reference to—

(a)a “candidate” shall be construed as a reference to a petition organiser;

(b)an “election agent” or a “counting agent” shall be construed as a reference to a counting

observer;

(c)

a “polling agent” shall be construed as a reference to a polling observer; and

(d)

a “returning officer” shall be construed as a reference to a counting officer.

(2)

S.I. 2004/294 as amended by S.I. 2006/3278.

(3)

S.I. 2001/1298 as amended by S.I. 2004/226.

(4)

1985 c.50. Section 27(1) was amended by the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1986 (c.58), section 3(1). The definition of the European Assembly was repealed by the Schedule to that Act on the entering into force of the Single European Act (Cmnd. 9758) on 1 July 1987.

(5)

Section 35(2C) was inserted by paragraphs 1 and 3 of Schedule 3 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c.29).

(7)

S.I. 2002/185 as amended by S.I. 2004/225.

(9)

For the definition of “Parliamentary election”, see the Interpretation Act 1978 (c.30), Schedule 1.

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