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The Representation of the People (Scotland) (Description of Electoral Registers and Amendment) Regulations 2013

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Amendment in relation to procedure for determining applications for registration and objections without a hearing

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15.  In regulation 29—

(a)in paragraph (1) for “an application for registration under section 10A(1) or 13A(1)(a) of the 1983 Act and an objection under section 10A(3) of that Act” substitute “an application under section 10ZC(1)(a) or 10ZD(1)(a) of the 1983 Act or considering an objection under section 10ZC(2), 10ZD(2) or 10ZE(5)(a) of that Act”;

(b)in paragraph (2A) after “name” insert “and nationality”;

(c)after paragraph (2A) insert—

(2AA) The registration officer must acknowledge receipt of an application to register other than an application made in response to an invitation to register under section 9E(1) of the 1983 Act by notification in writing to the address in respect of which the applicant applies to be registered, on receipt of that application.

(2AB) An acknowledgement under paragraph (2AA) must contain a direction requesting that any person who receives the acknowledgement inform the registration officer if the addressee is not resident at that address.

(2AC) The registration officer must give confirmation that an application made in response to an invitation to register under section 9E(1) of the 1983 Act has been successful, by notification in writing, before either—

(a)publication of the revised register to which the applicant will be added under section 13(1) of that Act; or

(b)issue of a notice of alteration under section 13A(2) of that Act specifying that the applicant’s name will be added to the register,

whichever is appropriate.

(2AD) In the case of an application to register in pursuance of a service declaration, or an overseas elector’s declaration, the address to which notification in writing must be given in accordance with paragraph (2AA) or (2AC) is the address the applicant has given under regulation 26(4)(a) or 26(5)(b), as appropriate.

(2AE) The Electoral Commission must—

(a)design the forms of notification to be used under paragraphs (2AA) and (2AC);

(b)obtain the approval of the Lord President of the Council to the forms; and

(c)then make them available to registration officers..

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