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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 16th December 2003

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY AND LOCAL ELECTIONS (PILOTS) BILL

NEW CLAUSES

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Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

       'If any pilot order made under section 2 makes provision for voting to take place on more than one day, the Secretary of State must also make an order requiring a register to be made available to candidates in the election and their agents at the end of each day showing those electors who have at that time voted in the election.'.


Additional provisions in respect of postal voting

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

       'Before making any order under sections 1 and 2 which provides for all-postal voting, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that the manner in which the election is conducted (which may or may not be modified by pilot orders under section 2) ensures that—

      (a) all ballot papers returned are accompanied by a verifiable form of identification;

      (b) each elector who has returned a ballot paper is given an acknowledgement by the returning officer;

      (c) in the event of any disruption of postal services on any day or days appointed for voting under the pilot order, alternative collection points for ballot papers are available, and are in any case available and accessible to those who prefer to deliver their ballot papers in person; and

      (d) any recommendation or recommendations of the Electoral Commission to reduce the incidence or possibility of personation or other electoral offences or malpractice are given effect.'.


Additional provisions in respect of electronic voting

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

       'Before making any order under sections 1 and 2 which provides for electronic voting, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that the manner in which the election is conducted (which may or may not be modified by pilot orders under section 2) ensures that—

      (a) all votes cast are accompanied by a verifiable form of identification;

      (b) each elector who has cast a vote is given an acknowledgement by the returning officer;

      (c) systems are in place to allow for a re-count should it be necessary;

      (d) systems are in place to ensure that any vote cast by electronic means can be traced to its source in the event of challenge; and

      (e) any recommendation or recommendations of the Electoral Commission to reduce the incidence or possibility of personation or other electoral offences or malpractice are given effect.'.


Conduct of elections under a pilot order

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

       'Any pilot order made under section 2 may make provision for—

      (a) all-postal voting; or

      (b) any combination of postal voting and voting in person at a polling station;

       but may not make provision for any other manner of conducting an election.'.


Additional provisions in respect of postal voting (No. 2)

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State may not make any order under sections 1 and 2 which provides for all-postal voting unless the chief executive of each of the postal authorities involved has made a written statement that there will be no difficulties with the postal arrangements for the ballot.

    (2)   The Secretary of State must place a copy of each statement made in pursuance of subsection (1) in the Library of the House of Commons not less than two months before the election.'.


Preservation of traditional methods of voting

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

       'Notwithstanding any order made under section 1 or 2, local authorities and returning officers must ensure that any elector who wishes to so do has an opportunity to vote in the traditional way in a ballot box at a polling station on the main polling day for the election concerned.'.


Matters not to be included in pilots

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

       'No pilot may include any use of voting electronically by computer, mobile telephone, SMS, text or any other form of e-voting.'.


Voting as some other person

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

       'A person who votes as some other person at any election held in accordance with provision made by order under section 2 shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of one month.'.


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

8

Page     1,     line     4     [Clause     1],     after 'must', insert ', if a three-quarters majority of the local authorities in the area covered by the pilot agree,'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

9

Page     1,     line     6     [Clause     1],     leave out paragraph (b).

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

10

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     at end insert 'and all the local authorities in the area covered by the pilot, and unless both Houses of Parliament have had an opportunity to consider the views of those bodies, to vote on the matter, and to communicate those votes, and the debates preceding them, to the Electoral Commission.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

11

Page     1,     line     11     [Clause     1],     leave out subsection (3).

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

1

Page     1,     line     18     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(4A)   The Secretary of State must not make an order under this section specifying a region unless he has first satisfied himself that the region meets the criteria identified by the Electoral Commission for inclusion as a pilot region.'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

6

Page     1,     line     18     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(4A)   The Secretary of State must not make an order under this section specifying a region which the Electoral Commission has identified as—

      (a) not suitable for a pilot scheme; or

      (b) a region for which the Commission does not feel able to make a positive recommendation as to its suitability.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

12

Page     1,     line     19     [Clause     1],     leave out subsection (5).


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

13

Page     2,     line     3     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

      '(c) Scotland;

      (b) North East.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

14

Page     2,     line     3     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

      '(c) any region which borders Scotland;

      (d) any two regions with a common boundary.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

15

Page     2,     line     6     [Clause     2],     leave out 'must' and insert 'may'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

16

Page     2     [Clause     2],     leave out lines 12 and 13.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

17

Page     2,     line     13     [Clause     2],     leave out from 'poll)' to end of line 14.

   

Mr Christopher Leslie

50

*Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The pilot order must make provision requiring the returning officer to provide (before the close of the poll at the election) polling progress information—

      (a) to such persons or organisations as are specified in the order or are of such descriptions as are so specified, and

      (b) at such times and in such circumstances as are so specified.

    (3B)   Polling progress information is information as to the electors by whom it appears to the returning officer at the time the information is provided that a vote has been cast.

    (3C)   For the purposes of subsection (3B) the returning officer must be taken not to have seen the contents of any ballot paper.

    (3D)   The returning officer is the person who is described as such in the order.'

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

5

Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(3A)   If the pilot order makes provision for voting to take place on more than one day under subsection (3)(a), the Secretary of State must also make an order requiring a register to be available to candidates in the election and their agents at the end of each day showing those electors who have at that time voted in the election.'.

 
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