Political Parties Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Commons

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Party political broadcasts.     32. - (1) A broadcaster shall not include in its broadcasting services any party political broadcast made on behalf of a party which is not a registered party.
      (2) In this Act "broadcaster" means-
    (a) the holder of a licence under the Broadcasting Act 1990 or 1996 ,
    (b) the British Broadcasting Corporation, or
    (c) Sianel Pedwar Cymru.
Amendment of parliamentary elections rules.     33. - (1) The rules set out in Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 (the parliamentary elections rules) shall be amended as follows.
      (2) In rule 6 (nomination of candidates), for paragraph (3) there shall be substituted-
    "(3) The description, if any, must consist of either-
    (a) a description (of not more than 6 words in length) which is authorised as mentioned in rule 6A(1) below; or
    (b) the word "Independent"."
      (3) In rule 6A(3) (nomination papers: name of registered political parties), for "the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998" there shall be substituted "Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000".
      (4) In the Appendix of Forms, in the form of nomination paper, for "Merchant" there shall be substituted "Independent".
False statements: offence.     34. A person commits an offence if-
    (a) he knowingly or recklessly makes a statement to the Commission which is false in any material particular, and
    (b) the statement is made, or purports to be made, on behalf of a party for any purpose of this Part of this Act.
Interpretation and application of Part II.     35. - (1) In this Part-
    "the appointed day" means the day appointed under section 147(2) for the coming into force of section 20;
    "financial year", in relation to a registered party, shall be construed in accordance with section 36(6);
    "party" includes any organisation or person;
    "the register" means the register of political parties and "registered" shall be construed accordingly;
    "relevant election" shall be construed in accordance with section 19(3).
      (2) Where a registered party does not have any candidates at any relevant election which is not an election of councillors for a parish or community-
    (a) nothing in this Part so far as relating to the registration of a treasurer for a registered party applies to the party, and
    (b) sections 22 and 23 and Parts III and IV also do not apply to the party.
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