Explanatory Notes

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013

2013 CHAPTER 6

31 January 2013

Commentary on Sections

Part 1 Individual Electoral Registration in Great Britain

Section 7: Power to amend or abolish the annual canvass

32.Subsections (1) and (2) give a power for the Minister (the Lord President of the Council or Secretary of State) to make an order to put in place alternative arrangements to assist registration officers in Great Britain to find out the names and addresses of people who are entitled to be registered but are not registered, or who are registered but are not entitled, and a power to abolish or amend the annual canvass in Great Britain required under section 9D of the 1983 Act (inserted by section 4).

33.Subsection (3) allows the Minister to reinstate the annual canvass if it has been abolished under subsection (2).

34.Subsection (4) enables an order under subsection (1) or (2) to include offences, subject to specified maximum fines.

35.Subsection (5) enables an order to include a power to make further subordinate legislation, and provides for any such further subordinate legislation to be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure in Parliament.