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Electoral Administration Bill

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Constitutional Affairs,

are published separately as Bill 50—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Ms Harriet Harman has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the

Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Electoral Administration Bill are compatible with the

Convention rights.

 

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Contents

Part 1

Co-ordinated on-line record of electors

1   

CORE schemes: establishment

2   

Use of CORE information

3   

CORE scheme grants

4   

Electoral Commission

5   

CORE schemes: supplemental

6   

CORE schemes: procedure

7   

Amendment of the 1983 Act

8   

Interpretation of Part

Part 2

Registration of electors

9   

Registration officers: duty to take necessary steps

10   

Anonymous registration

11   

Alterations of registers: pending elections

12   

Determinations by registration officers and objections

Part 3

Anti-fraud measures

13   

Registration: personal identifiers

14   

Personal identifiers

15   

Personal identifiers: piloting

16   

Evaluation of personal identifier pilots

17   

Revision of personal identifier provisions in consequence of pilot

18   

Offences as to false registration information

Part 4

Review of polling places

19   

Review of polling places

 

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Part 5

Standing for election

20   

Minimum age

21   

Certain Commonwealth citizens

22   

Nomination procedures

23   

Description of independent candidates

Part 6

Conduct of elections etc.

Election timetables

24   

Omission of references to Maundy Thursday

Nomination

25   

Use of candidates’ common names

26   

Offences as to false statements in nomination papers

Election expenses

27   

Amount of expenses which may be incurred by third party

28   

Return as to election expenses

29   

Meaning of election expenses for purposes of the 1983 Act

Observation of elections etc.

30   

Discretion to report on certain elections

31   

Observation of proceedings and working practices

Ballot papers

32   

Ballot paper design

33   

Replacement of counterfoils

Assistance for voters etc.

34   

Translations etc. of certain documents

35   

Assistance for certain postal voters

Circumstances in which votes may be tendered

36   

Tendered votes in certain circumstances

Offences related to voting

37   

Undue influence

38   

Offences relating to applications for postal and proxy votes

 
 

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Access to election documents

39   

Control of documents after parliamentary election

40   

Access to other election documents

41   

Access to other election documents: contravention of regulations

42   

Access to other election documents: supplementary

43   

Marked postal voters list

Correction of procedural errors

44   

Returning officers: correction of procedural errors

Miscellaneous amendments

45   

Miscellaneous amendments of the 1983 Act

Part 7

Regulation of parties

Registration of parties

46   

Registered names of parties

47   

Political party descriptions

48   

Confirmation of registered particulars

49   

Removal from register of registered parties

50   

Time for registration of parties fielding candidates

Accounting requirements

51   

Requirements as to statements of account

52   

Time for delivery of unaudited accounts to Electoral Commission

Control of donations

53   

Policy development grants to be donations

54   

Exemption from requirement to prepare quarterly donation reports

55   

Repeal of section 68 of the 2000 Act

56   

Register of donations to include details of nature of donation

57   

Northern Ireland: disapplication of Part 4 of the 2000 Act

Campaign expenditure

58   

Campaign expenditure: standing for more than one party

59   

Time limit for claims in respect of campaign expenditure

Referendum and election material

60   

Details to appear on referendum and election material

 
 

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Part 8

Miscellaneous

Funding for election services

61   

Performance of local authorities in relation to elections etc.

62   

Funding of services and expenses of returning officers

Encouraging electoral participation

63   

Encouraging electoral participation

Criminal proceedings

64   

Time limit for prosecutions

65   

Restriction on powers of arrest by persons other than constables

Part 9

General

66   

Miscellaneous amendments and repeals

67   

Financial provision

68   

Interpretation

69   

Commencement

70   

Extent

71   

Short title

Schedule 1   —   

Amendments

Part 1   —   

Anonymous registration

Part 2   —   

Alteration of registers: pending elections

Part 3   —   

Standing for election

Part 4   —   

Omission of references to Maundy Thursday

Part 5   —   

Conduct of elections

Part 6   —   

Miscellaneous

Schedule 2   —   

Repeals

 
 

 
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