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Introductory

Citation, commencement, extent and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Anonymous Registration (Northern Ireland) Order 2014 and comes into force on 15th September 2014.

(2) This Order is made only for purposes corresponding, or similar, to those of section 10 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006(1).

(3) An amendment made by this Order has the same extent as the enactment (or part of an enactment) amended.

(4) In this Order—

“the 1983 Act” means the Representation of the People Act 1983(2); and

“the 1985 Act” means the Representation of the People Act 1985(3).

Extension of provisions to Northern Ireland

Extension of anonymous registration provisions to Northern Ireland

2.—(1) Sections 9B and 9C of the 1983 Act (anonymous registration)(4) extend to Northern Ireland.

(2) The following amendments made by Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (anonymous registration)(5) extend to Northern Ireland—

(a)paragraphs 2 to 16 (amendments of the 1983 Act);

(b)paragraph 17 (amendments of the 1985 Act);

(c)paragraphs 24 to 30 (amendments of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000).

(3) In consequence of paragraphs (1) and (2), in section 78(2) of the Electoral Administration Act 2006(6)—

(a)in paragraph (a), omit “, 10”;

(b)in paragraph (d), for “Parts 1 and” substitute “Part”.

Parliamentary elections

Amendments of the 1983 Act

3.—(1) The 1983 Act is amended as follows.

(2) In section 9B (anonymous registration)—

(a)in subsection (1)(a), after “10ZC”(7) insert “or 10A(1)(a)”(8);

(b)in subsection (6), after “10ZC” insert “or 10A(1)(a)”;

(c)in subsection (7)(b), after “person” insert “(including an application which is treated as having been made by him by virtue of section 10A(2) below)”(9).

(3) In section 9C (removal of anonymous entry)—

(a)in subsection (1) after “register” where it occurs for the first time insert “maintained by a registration officer in Great Britain”;

(b)after subsection (1) insert—

(1A) If a person (“P”) has an anonymous entry in a register maintained by the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland, P’s entitlement to remain registered terminates at the end of such period of five years or less beginning with the relevant date, as that officer determines in relation to P.

(1B) But if, at any time before the expiry of the period determined under subsection (1A)—

(a)the declaration made for the purposes of section 9B is cancelled, or

(b)the Chief Electoral Officer determines that the safety test is no longer satisfied,

P’s entitlement to remain registered terminates at that time.

(1C) In subsection (1A) “the relevant date” means—

(a)where P’s anonymous entry is the result of an application under section 9B(1)(a), the date when P’s entry in the register first takes effect; or

(b)where P’s anonymous entry is the result of an application under section 9B(1)(b), the date when the Chief Electoral Officer determines under section 9B(2) that the safety test is satisfied.

(1D) Subsection 9B(10) (meaning of “safety test”) applies for the purposes of subsection (1B) (treating references to the applicant for an anonymous entry as references to P).

(1E) A determination under subsection (1A) or (1B) must be made in accordance with regulations.;

(c)in subsection (2)—

(i)for “Subsection (1) above” substitute “This section”, and

(ii)for the words from “the expiry of” to the end substitute “the time at which it would terminate under this section.”;

(d)in subsection (3), for “subsection (1) above” substitute “this section”.

(4) In section 58 (registration appeals: Northern Ireland)(10), after subsection (1)(b) insert—

(ba)from a determination of the Chief Electoral Officer under section 9B(2) or section 9C(1B);.

(5) Schedule 1 (parliamentary elections rules) is amended as follows.

(6) In rule 31A (return of postal ballot papers)(11), after paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) Paragraph (1) shall not apply in relation to a vote on a tendered postal ballot paper (see rule 40ZA)..

(7) In rule 40 (tendered ballot papers)(12), after paragraph (6) insert—

(7) This rule does not apply in relation to an elector who has an anonymous entry in a register maintained by the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland..

(8) After rule 40 insert—

Tendered postal ballot papers: anonymous entries in Northern Ireland

40ZA.(1) This rule applies to a person (“P”) who—

(a)is an elector with an anonymous entry in a register maintained by the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland; or

(b)is entitled to vote by post as proxy for such an elector,

and who claims to have lost, or not received, a postal ballot paper.

(2) P may apply to the Chief Electoral Officer for a replacement postal ballot paper (in these rules referred to as a “tendered postal ballot paper”).

(3) The application—

(a)may be made by post or in person,

(b)must be accompanied by a specified document within the meaning of rule 37(13) (as it extends to Northern Ireland), and

(c)must be delivered to the Chief Electoral Officer—

(i)where the application is made by post, before 4 p.m. on the fourth day before the day of the poll, and

(ii)where the application is made in person, before 4 p.m. on the day before the day of the poll.

(4) If the Chief Electoral Officer—

(a)is satisfied as to P’s identity, and

(b)has no reason to doubt that P has lost, or not received, a postal ballot paper,

the Chief Electoral Officer must issue a tendered postal ballot paper to P in the prescribed manner.

(5) A tendered postal ballot paper must be of a different colour from the other ballot papers.

(6) P, if issued with a tendered postal ballot paper, may mark it, sign it, and send it to the Chief Electoral Officer, in the same manner as a postal ballot paper.

(7) A tendered postal ballot paper which has not been signed, or which does not meet the conditions in rule 45(2) and (2A)(14), is void.

(8) On receipt of a tendered postal ballot paper, the Chief Electoral Officer must deal with it in the prescribed manner.

(9) The Chief Electoral Officer must—

(a)endorse each tendered postal ballot paper with the entry in the register of the elector in question, and

(b)set it aside in a separate packet of tendered postal ballot papers.

(10) The Chief Electoral Officer must add the entry in the register of the elector in question to a list (in these rules referred to as the “tendered postal votes list”).

(11) The Chief Electoral Officer must seal the packet of tendered postal ballot papers.

(12) This rule applies in the case of a person in respect of whom a notice has been issued under section 13BA(9) (alteration of registers in Northern Ireland: pending elections)(15) as if—

(a)in paragraph (1) for “in a register maintained” there were substituted “in respect of whom a notice under section 13BA(9) has been issued”; and

(b)in paragraphs (9)(a) and (10), for “entry in the register of the elector in question” there were substituted “entry relating to the elector in question on a notice issued under section 13BA(9)”..

(9) In rule 45 (the count)—

(i)in paragraph (3), at the end insert “or any tendered postal ballot paper”;

(ii)in paragraph (5), after “the tendered votes list” (in both places) insert “and tendered postal votes list”.

(10) In rule 54 (sealing up of ballot papers)(16), in paragraph (2), after sub-paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)tendered postal ballot papers,.

(11) In rule 55 (delivery of documents to registration officer)(17), in paragraph (1)(c), after “the tendered votes lists,” insert “the tendered postal votes lists,”.

Repeal of previous amendments of the 1983 Act

4.  Paragraphs 9(4)(b) and 10(5) of Schedule 4 to the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013(18) (which amend sections 10 and 10A of the 1983 Act but are not in force) are repealed.

Amendments of the 1985 Act

5.—(1) The 1985 Act is amended as follows.

(2) In section 5 (manner of voting at parliamentary elections)(19), after subsection (5A) insert—

(5AA) Nothing in subsections (1) to (5) applies to a person who has an anonymous entry in the register of parliamentary electors for the constituency; and such a person may only vote by post or by proxy (where entitled as an elector to vote by post or, as the case may be, by proxy at the election)..

(3) In section 6 (absent vote at elections for an indefinite period)—

(a)before subsection (2)(a) insert—

(za)if he has an anonymous entry,; and

(b)after subsection (4)(b) insert—

(ba)if he ceases to have an anonymous entry, or.

(4) In section 7 (absent vote at a particular election and absent voters list), after subsection (4) insert—

(4A) But in the case of a person who has an anonymous entry, the list mentioned in subsection (4)(a) or (b) must contain only—

(a)the person’s electoral number, and

(b)the date on which the person’s entitlement to remain registered anonymously will terminate under section 9C(1A) of the principal Act (in the absence of a further application under section 9B of that Act)..

(5) In section 9 (voting as proxy)—

(a)after subsection (1) insert—

(1A) But in the case of a person entitled to vote as proxy for an elector who has an anonymous entry—

(a)subsection (1) does not apply, and

(b)the person may only so vote by post (where entitled as a proxy to vote by post).;

(b)in subsection (4), at the end of paragraph (b) insert “or” and after that paragraph insert—

(c)the elector has an anonymous entry,;

(c)in subsection (7), at the end of paragraph (b) insert “or” and after that paragraph insert—

(c)the elector has an anonymous entry.;

(d)after subsection (9) insert—

(9A) In the case of a person who has an anonymous entry, the list mentioned in subsection (9)(a) or (b) must contain only—

(a)the person’s electoral number, and

(b)the date on which the entitlement of the person to remain registered anonymously will terminate under section 9C(1A) of the principal Act (in the absence of a further application under section 9B of that Act).

(9B) In the case of a person who is the proxy for an elector who has an anonymous entry, the list mentioned in subsection (9)(a) or (b) must contain only—

(a)the person’s electoral number, and

(b)the date on which the elector’s entitlement to remain registered anonymously will terminate under section 9C(1A) of the principal Act (in the absence of a further application under section 9B of that Act).;

(e)in subsection (11), after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)where he was included in the record on the ground mentioned in subsection (4)(c), if the elector ceases to have an anonymous entry,.

Local elections

Amendments to the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962

6.—(1) The Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962(20) is amended as follows.

(2) In section 79 (presentation and service of local election petition)(21), after subsection (1) insert—

(1A) The reference in subsection (1) to a person who voted as an elector or had a right so to vote at the election does not include a person who, on the day of the election, had an anonymous entry in the register of electors.

(3) In section 130 (interpretation)(22)—

(a)after the definition of “absent voters list” insert—

“anonymous entry” has the same meaning as in the Representation of the People Act 1983 (see section 202(1) of that Act);;

(b)after the definition of “qualifying address” insert—

“record of anonymous entries” means a record prepared in pursuance of regulations made by virtue of paragraph 8A of Schedule 2 to the Representation of the People Act 1983;.

(4) In Schedule 3A (control of donations to candidates at a local election)(23)—

(a)the existing text of paragraph 10 (statement of relevant donations) becomes sub-paragraph (1) of the paragraph and after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

(2) If the statement states that the candidate’s election agent has seen evidence of such description as is prescribed by the Secretary of State in regulations made by virtue of paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000(24) that an individual donor has an anonymous entry in an electoral register, the statement must be accompanied by a copy of the evidence.;

(b)in paragraph 11 (donations from permissible donors), at the end of sub-paragraph (c) insert “(reading references in sub-paragraphs (3B) and (3C) to the registered party as references to the candidate’s election agent)”.

(5) Schedule 5 (Local Election Rules)(25) is amended as follows.

(6) In rule 6 (subscription of nomination paper)(26), after paragraph (7) insert—

(8) But in this rule “elector” does not include a person who has an anonymous entry in the register..

(7) In rule 21 (postal ballot papers)(27), in paragraph (1), for “at the addresses shown in the absent voters list” substitute “in accordance with Part 3 of Schedule 2 to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 1985”(28).

(8) In rule 25(29)—

(a)in paragraph (1), omit the words from “, but a card need not” to the end; and

(b)after paragraph (4) insert—

(5) In the case of an elector with an anonymous entry, the official poll card must not include the elector’s name or qualifying address or the situation of the elector’s polling station.

(6) In this rule, reference to an official poll card includes an official postal poll card..

(9) In rule 26 (equipment of polling stations)(30), in paragraph (3)(c) for “names of” substitute “entries relating to”.

(10) In rule 37 (tendered ballot papers)(31), after paragraph (9) insert—

(10) This rule does not apply in relation to an elector who has an anonymous entry in the register..

(11) After rule 37 insert—

Tendered postal ballot papers: anonymous entries

37A.(1) This rule applies to a person (“P”) who—

(a)is an elector with an anonymous entry in the register; or

(b)is entitled to vote by post as proxy for such an elector,

and who claims to have lost, or not received, a postal ballot paper.

(2) P may apply to the Chief Electoral Officer for a replacement postal ballot paper (in these rules referred to as a “tendered postal ballot paper”).

(3) The application—

(a)may be made by post or in person,

(b)must be accompanied by a specified document within the meaning of rule 34, and

(c)must be delivered to the Chief Electoral Officer—

(i)where the application is made by post, before 4 p.m. on the fourth day before the day of the poll, and

(ii)where the application is made in person, before 4 p.m. on the day before the day of the poll.

(4) If the Chief Electoral Officer—

(a)is satisfied as to P’s identity, and

(b)has no reason to doubt that P has lost, or not received, a postal ballot paper,

the Chief Electoral Officer must issue a tendered postal ballot paper to P in the manner set out in Schedule 2 to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.

(5) A tendered postal ballot paper must be of a different colour from the other ballot papers.

(6) P, if issued with a tendered postal ballot paper, may mark it, sign it, and send it to the Chief Electoral Officer, in the same manner as a postal ballot paper.

(7) A tendered postal ballot paper which has not been signed, or which does not meet the conditions in rule 45(2) and (2A)(32), is void.

(8) On receipt of a tendered postal ballot paper, the Chief Electoral Officer must deal with it in the manner set out in Schedule 2 to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.

(9) The Chief Electoral Officer must—

(a)endorse each tendered postal ballot paper with the entry in the register of the elector in question, and

(b)set it aside in a separate packet of tendered postal ballot papers.

(10) The Chief Electoral Officer must add the entry in the register of the elector in question to a list (in these rules referred to as the “tendered postal votes list”).

(11) The Chief Electoral Officer must seal the packet of tendered postal ballot papers.

(12) This rule applies in the case of a person in respect of whom a notice has been issued under section 13BA(9) of the 1983 Act (alteration of registers in Northern Ireland: pending elections)(33) as if—

(a)in paragraph (1) for “in the register” there were substituted “in respect of whom a notice under section 13BA(9) has been issued”; and

(b)in paragraphs (9)(a) and (10), for “entry in the register of the elector in question” there were substituted “entry relating to the elector in question on a notice issued under section 13BA(9)”..

(12) In rule 45 (preliminary proceedings and conduct of the count)—

(i)at the end of paragraph (3) insert “or any tendered postal ballot paper”; and

(ii)in paragraph (5), after “the tendered votes list” (in both places) insert “and tendered postal votes list”.

(13) In rule 57 (sealing up of ballot papers)(34), in paragraph (2), after “tendered ballot papers” insert “or of tendered postal ballot papers,”.

(14) In rule 58 (forwarding of documents)(35), in paragraph (1)(c), after “the tendered votes lists,” insert “the tendered postal votes lists,”.

(15) The Appendix of Forms(36) is amended as follows.

(16) In form 5 (Declaration of Identity)—

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

(b)before “Address” 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.”.

(17) After form 6 (Form of Elector’s Official Poll Card), insert Form 6A in the Schedule.

(18) After form 7 (Form of Proxy’s Official Poll Card), insert Form 7A in the Schedule.

Amendments to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 1985

7.—(1) The Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 1985(37) is amended as follows.

(2) In article 6 (manner of voting)(38), after paragraph (7A) insert—

(7AA) Nothing in subsections (1) to (3) or (7) applies to a person who has an anonymous entry in the register of local electors; and such a person may only vote by post or by proxy (where entitled as an elector to vote by post, or as the case may be, by proxy at the election)..

(3) Part 1 of Schedule 2 (voting by post, by proxy and by post as proxy)(39) is amended as follows—

(a)in paragraph 1 (absent vote at local elections for indefinite period)(40)—

(i)before sub-paragraph (2)(a) insert—

(za)if he has an anonymous entry,; and

(ii)after sub-paragraph (4)(b) insert—

(ba)if he ceases to have an anonymous entry, or;

(b)after paragraph 2 (absent vote at a particular local election and absent voters list), after sub-paragraph (4) insert—

(4A) But in the case of a person who has an anonymous entry, the list mentioned in sub-paragraph (4)(a) or (b) must contain only—

(a)the person’s electoral number, and

(b)the date on which the person’s entitlement to remain registered anonymously will terminate under section 9C(1A) of the 1983 Act (in the absence of a further application under section 9B of that Act).;

(c)in paragraph 4 (voting as proxy)(41)—

(i)after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) But in the case of a person entitled to vote as proxy for an elector who has an anonymous entry—

(a)sub-paragraph (1) does not apply, and

(b)the person may only so vote by post (where entitled as a proxy to vote by post).;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (4), at the end of paragraph (b) insert “or” and after that paragraph insert—

(c)the elector has an anonymous entry,;

(iii)in sub-paragraph (6), at the end of paragraph (b) insert “or” and at the end of that paragraph insert—

(b)the elector has an anonymous entry and the applicant is appointed in respect of a particular election following an application under paragraph 2(2)(b).

(iv)after sub-paragraph (8) insert—

(8A) In the case of a person who has an anonymous entry, the list mentioned in sub-paragraph (8)(a) or (b) must contain only—

(a)the person’s electoral number, and

(b)the date on which the entitlement of the person to remain registered anonymously will terminate under section 9C(1A) of the 1983 Act (in the absence of a further application under section 9B of that Act).

(8B) In the case of a person who is the proxy for an elector who has an anonymous entry, the list mentioned in sub-paragraph (8)(a) or (b) must contain only—

(a)the person’s electoral number, and

(b)the date on which the elector’s entitlement to remain registered anonymously will terminate under section 9C(1A) of the 1983 Act (in the absence of a further application under section 9B of that Act).; and

(v)in sub-paragraph (10), after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)where he was included in the record on the ground mentioned in sub-paragraph (4)(c), if the elector ceases to have an anonymous entry,;

(d)in paragraph 5 (general requirements for applications)(42), at the end of sub-paragraph (1)(d) insert “and” and after that sub-paragraph insert—

(e)where the applicant has, or has applied for, an anonymous entry, that fact;

(e)after paragraph 5B(2) (additional requirement for applications for ballot papers to be sent to different address from that in register)(43) insert—

(3) This paragraph does not apply where an applicant has, or has applied for, an anonymous entry.;

(f)in paragraph 5C, the existing text becomes sub-paragraph (1) of the paragraph and after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

(2) This paragraph does not apply where an applicant has, or has applied for, an anonymous entry.;

(g)in paragraph 10, the existing text becomes sub-paragraph (1) of the paragraph and after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

(2) This paragraph does not apply where the elector has an anonymous entry and the applicant is appointed in respect of a particular election following an application under paragraph 2(2)(b).;

(h)after paragraph 15(5) (records and lists kept under paragraphs 1, 2 and 4)(44) insert—

(5A) The registration officer must not make available for inspection under sub-paragraph (5) a copy of any record relating to—

(a)a person who has an anonymous entry, or

(b)the proxy of a person who has an anonymous entry.;

(i)in paragraph 16 (marked register for polling stations), for “name of” substitute “entry for”;

(j)In the Appendix(45), in the Form of Proxy Paper, in the section headed “Your Right to Vote as Proxy”, after paragraph 4 insert—

5.  If you have been appointed as a proxy on behalf of an elector who has an anonymous entry in the register, you can only vote by post. If you have not already been granted a postal vote, you should contact the electoral registration officer..

(4) Part 3 of Schedule 2 (issue and receipt of ballot papers) is amended as follows—

(a)in paragraph 1 (interpretation)(46), after the definition of “returning officer” insert—

“tendered postal ballot paper” has the meaning given in rule 37A of the Local Election Rules.;

(b)in paragraph 2 (form of ballot paper)(47), after “the official mark” insert “and rule 37A of the Local Election Rules with respect to tendered postal ballot papers”;

(c)in paragraph 5 (notice of issue of postal ballot papers), after sub-paragraph (2) insert—

(3) Nothing in this paragraph applies to the issue of tendered postal ballot papers under rule 37A of the Local Election Rules.;

(d)in paragraph 6(4) (procedure on issue of postal ballot paper)(48)—

(i)in paragraph (a), after “list” insert “(or, where the elector has an anonymous entry, the address that would be so shown but for paragraph 2(4A) of Part 1 of this Schedule)”;

(ii)in paragraph (b), after “Schedule” insert “(or, where the proxy has an anonymous entry or is the proxy for a person who has an anonymous entry, the address that would be so shown but for paragraph 4(8A) or (8B) of that Part)”.

(e)in paragraph 12 (spoilt postal ballot paper)(49), in sub-paragraph (6)—

(i)at the end of paragraph (a), add “(or, in the case of an elector who has an anonymous entry, the elector’s electoral number alone)”; and

(ii)at the end of paragraph (c) add “(or, in the case of a proxy who has an anonymous entry or is the proxy for a person who has an anonymous entry, the proxy’s electoral number alone or, as the case may be, a statement that the proxy is not registered as an elector)”;

(f)after paragraph 12 insert—

Tendered postal ballot papers

12A.(1) A tendered postal ballot paper issued to a person (“P”) under rule 37A of the Local Elections Rules (tendered postal ballot papers: anonymous entries)(50) must be accompanied by—

(a)an envelope for the return of the tendered postal ballot paper (referred to as a “covering envelope”) which shall be marked with the letter “D”;

(b)a smaller envelope which shall be marked with—

(i)the letter “C”,

(ii)the words “tendered postal ballot paper envelope”, and

(iii)the number of the tendered postal ballot paper, unless the envelope has a window through which the number on the ballot paper (or ballot papers) can be displayed; and

(c)a declaration of identity in the form set out in the Appendix to the Local Elections Rules (form 5)(51) which is marked with the number of the tendered postal ballot paper.

(2) Where a local election is combined with another poll under section 15 of the Representation of the People Act 1985(52)

(a)the envelope referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) must also be marked “Covering envelope for the [insert the colour of the ballot paper] coloured ballot paper]”; and

(b)on the envelope referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(b) after the words “tendered postal ballot paper envelope” there must be added “for the [insert colour of the ballot paper] coloured ballot paper”.

(3) Subject to sub-paragraph (5), paragraph 9 of Part 3 of this Schedule (delivery of postal ballot papers) applies to the issue of a tendered postal ballot paper.

(4) The tendered postal ballot paper, the declaration of identity and the envelopes must be sent to—

(a)where P is an elector, the address that would be shown in the absent voters list but for paragraph 2(4A) of Part 1 of this Schedule;

(b)where P is entitled to vote by post as proxy, the address that would be shown in the special list kept under paragraph 4(8) of Part 1 of this Schedule but for paragraph 4(8A) or (8B) of that Part.

(5) Where P applies in person, the Chief Electoral Officer may hand a tendered postal ballot paper to P instead of delivering it in accordance with paragraph 9 of Part 3 of this Schedule.

(6) The Chief Electoral Officer must enter in a list kept for the purpose (“the list of tendered postal ballot papers”)—

(a)the entry in the register of the elector in question;

(b)the number of the tendered postal ballot paper issued under this paragraph; and

(c)where P is entitled to vote by post as proxy, the proxy’s electoral number or, as the case may be, a statement that the proxy is not registered as an elector.

(7) On receipt of a covering envelope of a tendered postal ballot paper before the close of the poll, the Chief Electoral Officer must—

(a)separate it from the covering envelopes of the other postal ballot papers; and

(b)place it in a separate ballot box for the reception of tendered postal ballot papers.

(8) As soon as practicable after the close of the poll, the Chief Electoral Officer must count and record the number of covering envelopes of tendered postal ballot papers and open each covering envelope separately.

(9) Before proceeding under rule 37A(9) of the Local Elections Rules, the Chief Electoral Officer must satisfy himself that each tendered postal ballot paper—

(a)is not void under rule 37A(7); and

(b)is accompanied by a valid declaration of identity which is marked with the same number as the tendered postal ballot paper.

(10) Where the Chief Electoral Officer is not so satisfied, that officer must—

(a)mark the tendered postal ballot paper as “rejected”; and

(b)place the tendered postal ballot paper, attached to the declaration of identity (if any), in a receptacle for rejected tendered postal papers.

(11) The Chief Electoral Officer must seal the contents of the receptacle for rejected tendered postal papers in a separate packet.;

(g)in paragraph 15 (receipt of covering envelope)(53), the existing text becomes sub-paragraph (1) of the paragraph and after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

(2) This paragraph does not apply to the receipt of a covering envelope for a tendered postal ballot paper.;

(h)in paragraph 19 (disposal of documents)(54), in sub-paragraph (1)—

(i)in paragraph (a), after “12” insert “, 12A(11)”; and

(ii)after paragraph (a), insert—

(aa)the list of spoilt ballot papers and the list of tendered postal ballot papers; and.

Amendments to the Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989

8.—(1) Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989(55) is amended as follows.

(2) In the entry beginning “Sections 9”, after “9,” insert “9B, 9C,”;

(3) In the entry beginning “Section 53”—

(a)before “3” insert “2B,”;

(b)after “3A,” insert “3B,”.

(4) In the entry beginning “Section 201”, after “the definitions of” insert ““anonymous entry”,”.

Amendments to the Elections Act 2001

9.—(1) The Schedule to the Elections Act 2001 is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 4—

(a)for the words “paragraph (3)” substitute “paragraph (3A)”; and

(b)the inserted paragraph becomes paragraph (3B).

(3) In paragraph 5, in the text inserted by sub-paragraph (3), after “tendered ballot papers” insert “or tendered postal ballot papers”.

(4) After paragraph 10, insert—

Tendered postal ballot papers

10A.  In rule 40ZA(56) after paragraph (10) insert—

(10A) The same list may be used for each election.

(10B) If it is, 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..

(5) In paragraph 19, in the text inserted by that paragraph after “tendered ballot papers” insert “or tendered postal ballot papers”.

(6) After paragraph 24, insert—

Tendered postal ballot papers

24A.  In rule 37A(57) after paragraph (10) insert—

(10A) The same list may be used for each election.

(10B) If it is, 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..

(7) In paragraph 29, in the form inserted by sub-paragraph (2) (form 5A. declaration of identity (combined polls))(58)—

(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.”.

Amendments to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 2013

10.—(1) The Schedule to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 2013(59) (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(60) 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.”.

Amendments to the Juries (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

11.—(1) The Juries (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(61) is amended as follows.

(2) In article 2 (interpretation)(62), in paragraph (2), before the definition of “Chief Electoral Officer” insert—

“anonymous entry” has the same meaning as in the Representation of the People Act 1983 (see section 202(1) of that Act);.

(3) In article 4 (preparation of jurors lists)(63)—

(a)after paragraph (3A) insert—

(3B) The list referred to in paragraph (3) shall identify any person who has an anonymous entry in the register of electors.; and

(b)after paragraph (7) insert—

(7A) The Divisional Jurors list shall identify any person who has an anonymous entry in the register of electors..

(4) In article 6 (form of panel)(64), after paragraph (1A) insert—

(1B) The panel shall identify any person who has an anonymous entry in the register of electors..

(5) In article 26A (restriction on disclosure of juror information)(65)—

(a)in the heading, after “juror information” insert “or anonymous elector information”; and

(b)in paragraphs (1) to (7), after “juror information”, wherever it occurs, insert “or anonymous elector information”.

(6) In article 26B (disclosure of juror information: lawful authority)—

(a)in the heading, after “juror information” insert “or anonymous elector information”; and

(b)in paragraphs (1) and (6) to (8), after “juror information”, wherever it occurs, insert “or anonymous elector information”.

(7) In article 26C (interpretation of Articles 26A and 26B), after paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) “Anonymous elector information” means the name, address, date of birth or national insurance number of a person who is identified as having an anonymous entry in the register of electors on the Divisional Jurors List or on any panel prepared under Article 5, where such information was obtained as a result of its inclusion in the Divisional Jurors List or the panel prepared under Article 5..

Assembly elections

Amendments to the Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) Order 2001

12.—(1) The Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) Order 2001(66) is amended as follows.

(2) In Schedule 1, after the entry relating to Rule 40 (tendered ballot paper), insert the following entry—

Rule 40ZA (tendered postal ballot papers)

Richard Tilbrook

Clerk of the Privy Council

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