Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41)

10After section 9A insert—

9AAPerformance standards for devolved elections and referendums in Wales

(1)The Commission may from time to time—

(a)determine standards of performance for relevant officers mentioned in subsection (2), and

(b)publish, in such form and in such manner as they consider appropriate, the standards so determined.

(2)The standards of performance are such standards as the Commission think ought to be achieved by—

(a)electoral registration officers for areas in Wales in the performance of their functions in relation to registers of local government electors;

(b)returning officers in the administration of the elections specified in subsection (6);

(c)counting officers in the administration of the referendums specified in subsection (7).

(3)Before determining standards under subsection (1), the Commission must consult—

(a)the Welsh Ministers, and

(b)any other person they think appropriate.

(4)The Commission may determine different standards for different descriptions of relevant officers.

(5)When the Commission publish standards under subsection (1) they must send a copy to the Welsh Ministers who must lay a copy before Senedd Cymru.

(6)The elections specified in this subsection are—

(a)a general election of Members of the Senedd;

(b)an election under section 10 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (elections for Senedd constituency vacancies);

(c)a local government election in Wales.

(7)The referendums specified in this subsection are referendums under Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 or Part 4 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (referendums relating to executive arrangements of local authorities in Wales).