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Political Parties and Elections Bill


 

Political Parties and Elections Bill

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, are published

separately as HL Bill 26—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Lord Bach has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the Human

Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Political Parties and Elections Bill are compatible

with the Convention rights.

 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill

 

 
 

Contents

Functions of Electoral Commission

1   

Compliance with controls imposed by the 2000 Act etc

2   

Investigatory powers of Commission

3   

Civil sanctions

Electoral Commissioners etc

4   

Selection of prospective Electoral Commissioners and Commission chairman

5   

Four Electoral Commissioners to be persons put forward by parties

6   

Number of Electoral Commissioners

7   

Political restrictions on Electoral Commissioners and staff

Political donations and expenditure

8   

Declaration as to source of donation

9   

Defence to charge of failing to return donation from impermissible donor

10   

Control of donations to holders of elective office: compliance officers

11   

Person may not be “responsible person” for more than one third party

12   

Reports of gifts received by unincorporated associations making donations

13   

Increased thresholds in relation to donations etc

14   

Limitation of pre-candidacy election expenses for certain general elections

15   

Election expenses: guidance by Commission

Elections and electoral registration

16   

Election falling within canvass period

17   

Candidate at parliamentary election may withhold home address from

publication

18   

Disposal of election documents in Scotland

19   

Filling vacant European Parliament seats in Northern Ireland

20   

Local returning officers for elections to the European Parliament

21   

CORE information and action to be taken by electoral registration officers

22   

Schemes for provision of data to registration officers

23   

Schemes under section 22: proposals, consultation and evaluation

General

24   

Interpretation

 

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25   

Amendments and repeals

26   

Transitional provision

27   

Money

28   

Extent

29   

Commencement

30   

Short title

Schedule 1   —   

Investigatory powers of Commission: Schedule to be inserted

into the 2000 Act

Schedule 2   —   

Civil sanctions: Schedule to be inserted into the 2000 Act

Schedule 3   —   

Declaration as to source of donation

Schedule 4   —   

Reports of gifts received by unincorporated associations

making donations: Schedule to be inserted into the 2000 Act

Schedule 5   —   

Minor and consequential amendments

Schedule 6   —   

Repeals

 
 

 
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