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Referendums (Scotland) Act 2020

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Keeping of order at polling station

17(1)The presiding officer must keep order at the polling station.

(2)If a person—

(a)obstructs the operation of the polling station,

(b)obstructs any voter in polling, or

(c)does anything else which the presiding officer considers may adversely affect proceedings at the polling station,

the presiding officer may order the person to be removed immediately from the polling station.

(3)A person may be removed—

(a)by a constable, or

(b)by the presiding officer.

(4)A person removed under paragraph (2) must not enter the polling station again during that day without the presiding officer’s permission.

(5)A person removed under paragraph (2) may, if charged with the commission in the polling station of an offence, be dealt with as a person taken into custody by a constable for an offence without a warrant.

(6)The power to remove a person from the polling station is not to be exercised so as to prevent a voter who is otherwise entitled to vote at a polling station from having an opportunity of voting at that station.

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