Overseas Electors Bill

Explanatory Notes


Legal background

5 The Representation of the People Act 1985 contains the current provisions for the registration of overseas electors for parliamentary elections, primarily sections 1 and 2 of the Act, which set out the conditions for the franchise and the rules for registering under that franchise. The Representation of the People Act 1985 will continue to be the Act of Parliament dealing with the overseas franchise. This Bill makes amendments to the 1985 Act, alongside consequential amendments to other Acts.

6 The core Act for the purposes of the legal framework relating to elections to the House of Commons is the Representation of the People Act 1983 (RPA 1983), which is the most recent consolidation act for this area of law. References made in these notes to ‘the principal Act’ are to the RPA 1983. Other relevant existing legislation in this area includes:

Representation of the People Act 1985

Representation of the People Act 1989

Representation of the People Act 2000

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001

Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001

Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008

 

Prepared 7th February 2018