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The National Assembly for Wales (Returning Officers' Charges) Order 2006

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Title and commencement

1.  The title of this Order is the National Assembly for Wales (Returning Officers' Charges) Order 2006 and it comes into force on 8 December 2006.

Interpretation

2.  In this Order —

the Assembly” (“y Cynulliad”) means the National Assembly for Wales;

“Assembly constituency” (“etholaeth Cynulliad”) and “Assembly electoral region” (“rhanbarth etholiadol Cynulliad”) are to be construed in accordance with section 2(2) of, and Schedule 1 to, the Government of Wales Act 1998(1);

“Assembly election” (“etholiad Cynulliad”) means a constituency election or a regional election;

“constituency election” (“etholiad etholaeth”) means an election to return an Assembly member for an Assembly constituency;

“constituency returning officer” (swyddog canlyniadau etholaeth”) means the person who is the returning officer for a constituency election;

“ordinary election” (“etholiad cyffredin”) means the holding of constituency elections and regional elections for the return of all Assembly members;

“poll clerk” (“clerc pleidleisio”) means a person appointed by the constituency returning officer to assist the presiding officer in the conduct of an election at a polling station;

“presiding officer” (“swyddog llywyddu”) means the person appointed by the constituency returning officer to supervise a polling station;

“regional election” (“etholiad rhanbarthol”) means an election to return Assembly members for an Assembly electoral region;

“regional returning officer” (“swyddog canlyniadau rhanbarthol”) means the person who is the returning officer for a regional election;

“the 2003 Order” (“Gorchymyn 2003”) means the National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2003; and

any reference to a register of electors is a reference to the register (or registers) of electors used at an Assembly election and to the register (or registers) as first published.

Specification for the purposes of article 21 of the 2003 Order

3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), for the purposes of article 21 (1) (a) of the 2003 Order, the following services or expenses are hereby specified for, or in connection with, an Assembly election—

(a)services of a kind described in paragraphs 1(1) and 2(1) of the Schedule;

(b)expenses of a kind described in paragraphs 3(1), 4(1), 5(1), 6(1) and 7(1) of the Schedule; and

(c)expenses of a kind described in paragraphs 9 to 20 of the Schedule.

(2) Where in relation to an Assembly constituency there is an uncontested regional election (whether or not at an ordinary election) the specification under paragraph (1) does not have effect in relation to—

(a)services of a kind described in paragraph 1(1) of the Schedule; and

(b)expenses of a kind described in paragraphs 3(1), 4(1), 5(1) and 7(1) of the Schedule;

in relation to that Assembly constituency at the regional election.

(3) Paragraphs (4) to (6) of this article specify maximum recoverable amounts for the purposes of article 21 (2) of the 2003 Order in respect of the specified services and expenses in Parts I and II of the Schedule.

(4) Subject to paragraph (5), at a contested Assembly election the maximum recoverable amounts set out in the Schedule in relation to the specified services and expenses in Parts I and II of the Schedule are hereby specified as the maximum recoverable amounts in relation to those services and expenses.

(5) But where at an ordinary election in relation to an Assembly constituency there are polls at a constituency election and at a regional election any maximum recoverable amount specified by this Order has effect in relation to both elections in relation to that Assembly constituency where (apart from this paragraph) it would otherwise have effect in relation to each such election.

(6) At an uncontested Assembly election the maximum recoverable amounts are hereby specified as—

(a)£475.00 for a constituency returning officer at a constituency election in respect of the specified services in Part I of the Schedule;

(b)£95.00 for a regional returning officer at a regional election in respect of the specified services in Part I of the Schedule;

(c)£1,173.00 for a constituency returning officer at a constituency election in respect of the specified expenses in Part II of the Schedule; and

(d)£235.00 for a regional returning officer at a regional election in respect of the specified expenses in Part II of the Schedule.

Revocation

4.  The National Assembly for Wales (Returning Officers' Charges) Order 2002(2) and the National Assembly for Wales (Returning Officers' Charges) (Amendment) Order 2003(3) are hereby revoked.

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998

Dafydd Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

6 December 2006

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