Provisions coming into force on 17th February 2007 and transitional provisions

3.—(1) The following provisions of the Act shall come into force on 17th February 2007–

(a)sections 1 to 4 (Performance of returning officers in relation to elections etc.);

(b)sections 5 to 7 (Access to election documents) subject to paragraph (3) below;

(c)sections 8 to 11 (Observers);

(d)section 26 (Encouraging electoral participation);

(e)section 27 (Tendered votes in certain circumstances);

(f)section 31 (Translations etc. of certain documents);

(g)section 32 (Certain voters entitled to vote in person);

(h)section 34(1), (4) and (5) (Miscellaneous amendments); and

(i)paragraphs 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13 and 14 of schedule 2 (Part 1: minor and consequential modifications).

(2) The provisions referred to in paragraph (1) do not have effect in relation to any election where the day of the poll is on or before 2nd May 2007 (or, in the case of an uncontested election, would have been had the election been contested).

(3) Section 5(2)(a) of the Act is commenced for the purpose of inspection of paper documents only.