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The Anonymous Registration (Northern Ireland) Order 2014

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Amendments to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 2013

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10.—(1) The Schedule to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 2013(1) (combination of polls) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 7, in the text inserted by sub-paragraphs (b) and (c), after “tendered ballot papers” insert “or tendered postal ballot papers”.

(3) After paragraph 13, insert—

13A.  Rule 37A(2) applies as if after paragraph (10) there were inserted—

(10A) The same list may be used under paragraph (10) for the local election and the European Parliamentary election and, where it is so used, an entry in the list must be taken to mean that the tendered postal ballot papers were marked in respect of each election, unless the list identifies the election at which a tendered postal ballot paper was marked..

(4) In paragraph 23, in the form inserted by sub-paragraph (1)(c) (form 5ZA declaration of identity (combined polls))—

(a)before “Name of witness” insert “*”;

(b)before “Address of witness” insert “*”, and after that paragraph insert—

*(Returning officer to omit where ballot papers sent to an anonymous elector.); and

(c)in the section entitled “Instructions to the voter”, at the end of paragraph 1 insert “If you are an elector with an anonymous entry in the register, or you are the proxy for such a person, the name and address of the witness should not be included. However, you do need to sign this declaration in the presence of a witness and the witness must sign the form.”.

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Rule 37A is inserted by Article 6(11) of this Order.

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