Explanatory Memorandum

Business Improvement Districts Act (Northern Ireland) 2013

2013 CHAPTER 5

21 March 2013

Commentary on Sections

Section 17: Regulations about ballots

Section 17 allows the Department to make regulations governing the ballot process, particularly, but not exclusively, in relation to:


The timing of ballots;


The persons entitled to vote;


The question to be asked in a ballot;


The allocation of votes to those eligible ratepayers entitled to vote in a ballot,


The form that ballots may take;


The persons who are to hold ballots;


The conduct of ballots;


Allowing the Department to declare ballots void in cases of material irregularity;


Enabling a district council to recover the costs of a ballot.