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Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 25 October 2010    

180

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

Paragraph 27(2)

 

Form 8 - Form of certificate of employment

 

Referendum on the voting system for United Kingdom parliamentary elections

 
 

[insert name of voting area]

 
 

I certify that (name) ..................... who is numbered ................... in the register of electors

 
 

cannot reasonably be expected to go in person to the polling station allotted to him or her

 
 

in the referendum on (date of poll) ..................... by reason of the particular

 
 

circumstances of his or her employment on that date for a purpose connected with the

 
 

referendum *as a constable / *by me.

 
 

*Delete whichever is inappropriate.

 
  

Signature .................................................

 
  

*Counting officer / police officer (inspector or above)

 
    
  

Date ....................................

 
 

Note: The person named above is entitled to vote at any polling station in the voting area

 
 

specified above on production and surrender of this certificate to the presiding officer.

 
   

 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 25 October 2010    

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

Paragraph 34(1)

 

Form 9 - Form of declaration to be made by the companion of a voter with

 

disabilities

 

I, ................................................................................................... (name of companion)

 
 

of .................................................................................................. (address of companion)

 
 

having been requested to assist ..................................................... (name of voter)

 
 

[in the case of a person with disabilities voting as proxy, add

 
 

voting as proxy for ........................................................................ (name of elector)]

 
 

whose name on the register is .................................................. to record their vote at the

 
 

[referendum]* [and]* [National Assembly for Wales elections]* being held in this [voting

 
 

area]*/ [constituency]*

 
 

hereby declare that

 
 

(a)    

[I am entitled to vote as an elector at the said [referendum]* [and]* [election]*,]*

 
 

(b)    

[I am the #.................................. of the said voter and have attained the age of 18

 
 

years,]* and

 
 

(c)    

I have not previously assisted any voter with disabilities [except ..........................

 
 

(name of other elector), of .......................... (address of other elector)], to vote at

 
 

the said [referendum]* [or]* [election]*]*.

 
 

#State the relationship of the companion to the voter.

 
 

*Delete as appropriate.

 
 

(Signed) .......................................... (companion)

 
 

Date ................................................

 
 

I, the undersigned, being the presiding officer for the .............. polling station for ..............

 
 

the [insert name of voting area] hereby certify that the above declaration, having been first

 
 

read to the above-named declarant, was signed by the declarant in my presence.

 
 

(Signed)..........................................

 
 

Date ...............................................

 
 

Time ........................................ (am/pm)

 
 


 
 

NOTE: (1) If the person making the above declaration knowingly and wilfully makes

 
 

therein a statement false in a material particular, he or she will be guilty of an offence.

 
 

(2) A voter with disabilities is a voter who has made a declaration that he or she is so

 
 

incapacitated by blindness or other disability, or by an inability to read, as to be unable to

 
 

vote without assistance.

 
   

 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 25 October 2010    

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

Paragraph 56

 

Form 10 - Statement as to postal ballot papers for the referendum

 

Referendum on the voting system for United Kingdom parliamentary elections

 
   
 

Voting area .....................

 
 

Date of poll ...................

 
 

A. Issue of postal ballot papers

Number for voting area

 
 

1. Total number of postal ballot papers issued under

  
 

paragraph 8 of Schedule 3.

  
 

2. Total number of postal ballot papers issued under

  
 

paragraphs 14 (spoilt and returned for cancellation) and 15

  
 

(lost and not received) of Schedule 3.

  
 

3. Total number of postal ballot papers cancelled under

  
 

paragraph 26 of Schedule 3 (where the first ballot paper was

  
 

cancelled and retrieved).

  
 

4. Total number of postal ballot papers issued (1+2+3).

  
 

B.(1) Receipt of ballot papers and replacements

Number for voting area

 
 

5. Number of covering envelopes received by the counting

  
 

officer or at a polling station before the close of poll

  
 

(excluding any undelivered or returned under paragraphs 14

  
 

(spoilt), 15 (lost) and 26 (cancelled ballot papers) of

  
 

Schedule 3).

  
 

6. Number of covering envelopes received by the counting

  
 

officer after the close of poll, excluding any returned as

  
 

undelivered.

  
 

7. Number of postal ballot papers returned spoilt for

  
 

cancellation in time for another ballot paper to be issued.

  
 

8. Number of postal ballot papers identified as lost or not

  
 

received in time for another ballot paper to be issued.

  
 

9. Number of ballot papers cancelled and retrieved in time for

  
 

another ballot paper to be issued.

  
 

10. Number of postal ballot papers returned as spoilt too late

  
 

for another ballot paper to be issued.

  
 

11. Number of covering envelopes returned as undelivered (up

  
 

to the date of this statement).

  
 

12. Number of covering envelopes not received by the

  
 

counting officer by the date of this statement.

  
 

13. Total numbers 5 to 12 (This number should be the same as

  
 

that in 4 above).

  

 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 25 October 2010    

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

B.(2) Receipt of postal ballot papers - postal voting statements

Number for voting area

 
 

14. Number of covering envelopes set aside for the

  
 

verification of personal identifiers on postal voting statements.

  
 

15. Number of postal voting statements not subject to

  
 

verification procedure rejected as not completed (excluding

  
 

rior cancellations).

  
 

16. Number of postal voting statements subject to verification

  
 

procedure rejected as not completed (excluding prior

  
 

cancellations).

  
 

17. Number of postal voting statements rejected following

  
 

verification procedures due to personal identifiers on the

  
 

postal voting statement not matching those in the personal

  
 

identifiers record (excluding prior cancellations).

  
 

C. Count of postal ballot papers

Number for voting area

 
 

18. Number of ballot papers returned by postal voters which

  
 

were included in the count of ballot papers.

  
 

19. Number of cases in which a covering envelope or its

  
 

contents were marked “rejected” (cancellations under

  
 

paragraphs 14, 15 and 26 of Schedule 3 are not rejections and

  
 

should be included in items 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 above).

  
 

Date ...........................................................

Signed.......................................

 
  

Counting Officer

 
 

Address ................................................................................................................................

 
 

..............................................................................................................................................

 
 

NOTE

 
 

The references to Schedule 3 are references to Schedule 3 to the National Assembly for

 
 

Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2007 as applied by the Parliamentary Voting

 
 

System and Constituencies act 2010.’.

 

 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 25 October 2010    

184

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

Schedule read a 2nd time.

 

As Amendments to New Schedule 3 (Combination of Polls: Wales):—

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (a)

 

Paragraph 15, leave out sub-paragraph (1) and insert—

 

    ‘(1)  

The official poll cards used for the referendum and the Assembly elections

 

must be combined for all electors qualified to vote in all the polls.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (b)

 

Paragraph 17, leave out sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) and insert—

 

    ‘(1)  

Separate ballot boxes must be used for the referendum to that used for the

 

Assembly elections.

 

      (2)  

Each ballot box must be marked to show—

 

(a)    

the referendum or Assembly election to which it relates, and

 

(b)    

the colour of ballot papers that should be placed in it.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (c)

 

Leave out paragraph 18 and insert—

 

‘18(1)  

The Chief Counting Officer shall select the colour of the ballot paper used for

 

the referendum.

 

      (2)  

The other ballot papers used for the Assembly elections shall be of a different

 

colour from that selected by the Chief Counting Officer.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not selected  (d)

 

After paragraph 21 insert—

 

‘Electoral Commission guidance

 

21A      

The Electoral Commission are to supply posters to be displayed in every

 

polling station used for the referendum, which give neutral information on first

 

past the post and alternative vote systems that are the subject of the

 

referendum, subject to agreement by the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral

 

Commission.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 25 October 2010    

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (e)

 

Paragraph 45, at the end of sub-paragraph (3) insert ‘or

 

(c)    

the person is a Member of Parliament.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (f)

 

Paragraph 47, in sub-paragraph (1)(d), leave out ‘separate’ and insert ‘keep separate

 

throughout’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (g)

 

In paragraph 49, sub-paragraph (1), at the end of sub-sub-paragraph (a) insert

 

‘containing ballot papers for the referendum vote.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (h)

 

In paragraph 49, at the end of sub-paragraph (1), at end of sub-sub-paragraph (b)

 

insert ‘containing ballot papers for the referendum vote.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (i)

 

In paragraph 49, at the end of sub-paragraph (3), at end of sub-sub-paragraph (a)

 

insert ‘containing ballot papers for the referendum vote.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Not called  (j)

 

In paragraph 49, at the end of sub-paragraph (3), at end of sub-sub-paragraph (b)

 

insert ‘containing ballot papers for the referendum vote.’.

 

Schedule added to the Bill.

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 25 October 2010    

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

UNSPECIFIED  NS4

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Combination of polls: Scotland

 

Part 1

 

Provision about combination

 

General provisions

 

Interpretation

 

1          

The polls to be taken together under section [Combination of polls](3) are

 

referred to in this Schedule as “combined polls”.

 

2          

In this Schedule—

 

“the 2007 Order” means the Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2007

 

(S.I. 2007/937);

 

“constituency ballot paper” means a ballot paper for the poll for electing a

 

constituency member in a Scottish parliamentary election;

 

“constituency returning officer” is to be construed in accordance with

 

Article 15 of Schedule 4 to the 2007 Order;

 

“counting agent” means a counting agent for the referendum or a counting

 

agent for a Scottish parliamentary election (except where one or other is

 

specified);

 

“regional ballot paper” means a ballot paper for the poll for electing a

 

regional member in a Scottish parliamentary election;

 

“referendum ballot paper” means a ballot paper for the referendum;

 

“regional returning officer” has the meaning given by section 12(6) of the

 

Scotland Act 1998;

 

“returning officer” means a person who is a constituency returning officer

 

or a regional returning officer (unless one or other is specified);

 

“Scottish parliamentary election” means an election in a constituency held

 

under section 2 of the Scotland Act 1998 (comprising the poll for electing

 

a constituency member and the poll for electing regional members);

 

“Scottish Parliamentary Election Rules” means the rules set out in Schedule

 

2 to the 2007 Order.

 

Cost of combined polls

 

3          

The cost of taking the combined polls (excluding any cost solely attributable

 

to the referendum or the Scottish parliamentary election), and any cost

 

attributable to their combination, is to be apportioned equally between—

 

(a)    

the referendum, and

 

(b)    

the Scottish parliamentary election.

 

4    (1)  

In section 29 of the 1983 Act (payments by and to returning officer) as it has

 

effect for the purposes of a Scottish parliamentary election by virtue of Article

 

19 of the 2007 Order, subsections (3) to (9) apply—

 

(a)    

as if a reference to a returning officer included a reference to a

 

counting officer carrying out functions that, but for this Schedule,

 

would be exercisable by a returning officer (“transferred functions”),

 

and


 
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