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The Local Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

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2.—(1) Schedule 5 to the 1962 Act (local elections rules)(1) is amended as follows.

(2) In rule 21 (postal ballot papers)(2), in paragraph (2) for the words “by another elector who personally knows the voter” substitute “in accordance with paragraph 17A of Part 3 of Schedule 2 to the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 1985(3)”.

(3) In rule 26 (equipment of polling stations)(4)—

(a)in paragraph (6), for the words “left-hand” substitute “right-hand”;

(b)in paragraph (7), for the word “left” substitute “right”; and

(c)in paragraph (8), for the word “right” substitute “left”.

(4) The Appendix of Forms is amended as follows.

(5) Replace form 3 (ballot paper)(5) with the form in Schedule 1 to this Order.

(6) Replace form 4 (directions as to printing the ballot paper)(6) with the form in Schedule 2 to this Order.

(7) Replace form 5 (declaration of identity)(7) with the form in Schedule 3 to this Order.

(8) Replace form 6 (elector’s official poll card)(8) with the form in Schedule 4 to this Order.

(9) Replace form 6A (elector’s official postal poll card)(9) with the form in Schedule 5 to this Order.

(10) Replace form 7 (proxy’s official poll card)(10) with the form in Schedule 6 to this Order.

(11) Replace form 7A (proxy’s official postal poll card)(11) with the form in Schedule 7 to this Order.

(12) Replace form 8 (form of directions for the guidance of voters in voting)(12) with the form in Schedule 8 to this Order.

(13) Replace form 9 (form of certificate of employment)(13) with the form in Schedule 9 to this Order.

(14) Replace form 10 (form of declaration to be made by the companion of a voter with disabilities)(14) with the form in Schedule 10 to this Order.

(1)

Schedule 5 was substituted in its entirety by S.I. 1985/454.

(2)

Rule 21 (as substituted) was amended by S.I. 1987/168; S.I. 2010/2977; and S.I. 2014/1116. In addition, section 4 of, and the Schedule to, the Elections Act 2001 (c. 7) and S.I. 2013/3156 made non-textual amendments.

(4)

Rule 26 (as substituted) was amended by S.I. 2001/417; Schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 33); S.I. 2010/2977; and S.I. 2014/1116. In addition, section 4 of, and the Schedule to, the Elections Act 2001 (c. 7) and S.I. 2013/3156 made non-textual amendments.

(5)

Form 3 was amended by S.I. 2001/417 and paragraph 61 of Schedule 1 to the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (c. 22).

(6)

Form 4 was amended by S.I. 2001/417; paragraph 61 of Schedule 1 to the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (c. 22); and S.I. 2010/2977.

(7)

Form 5 was amended by S.I. 1990/595; S.I. 2002/2835; paragraph 61 of Schedule 1 to the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (c. 22); S.I. 2010/2977; and S.I. 2014/1116.

(8)

Form 6 was amended by S.I. 1991/1715 and S.I. 2010/2977.

(9)

Form 6A was inserted by S.I. 2014/1116.

(10)

Form 7 was amended by S.I. 2010/2977.

(11)

Form 7A was inserted by S.I. 2014/1116.

(12)

Form 8 was amended by paragraph 61 of Schedule 1 to the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (c. 22) and S.I. 2010/2977.

(13)

Form 9 was amended by S.I. 1987/168 and S.I. 2010/2977.

(14)

Form 10 was amended by S.I. 2001/417 and paragraph 68 of Schedule 1 to the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (c. 22).

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