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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 4 — Application to the referendum of existing provisions
Part 4 — The 2008 Regulations (Northern Ireland)

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Provision

Modification

 
  

     (2)  

Subject to paragraph (3), an application

 
  

under paragraph 15(1) or (5), 17(4) or

 
  

19(4) or (5) of Schedule 3 to the

 
  

Parliamentary Voting System and

 

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Constituencies Act 2011 shall be refused if

 
  

it is received by the registration officer

 
  

after 5 pm on the fourteenth day before

 
  

the day of the poll for the referendum.

 
  

      (3)  

Paragraph (2) shall not apply to an

 

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application which satisfies the

 
  

requirements of either paragraphs (6) and

 
  

(7) or paragraph (8) of regulation 59; and

 
  

such an application shall be refused if it is

 
  

received by the registration officer after 5

 

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pm on the sixth day before the day of the

 
  

poll for the referendum.”

 
  

In paragraph (4)—

 
  

(a)   

after “section 8(9) of that Act by an elector”

 
  

insert “, or a notice under paragraph 17(6)

 

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of Schedule 3 to the Parliamentary Voting

 
  

System and Constituencies Act 2011 by a

 
  

person,”;

 
  

(b)   

for “a particular election” substitute “the

 
  

referendum”;

 

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(c)   

for “at that election” substitute “for the

 
  

referendum”.

 
  

For paragraph (6) substitute—

 
  

“(6)   

In paragraph (5) “bank holiday” means a

 
  

day which is a bank holiday under the

 

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Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in

 
  

any part of the United Kingdom.”

 
 

Regulation 62 (grant or

In paragraph (1), for “section 6, 7, 8 or 9 of the 1985

 
 

refusal of applications)

Act” substitute “Part 2 of Schedule 3 to the

 
  

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Act 2011”.

 
  

Omit paragraph (3).

 
  

For paragraph (4) substitute—

 
  

“(4)   

Where the registration officer refuses an

 
  

application under Part 2 of Schedule 3 to the

 

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Parliamentary Voting System and

 
  

Constituencies Act 2011 he shall notify the

 
  

applicant of his decision.”

 
  

In paragraph (5), for “a particular election”

 
  

substitute “the referendum”.

 

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 4 — Application to the referendum of existing provisions
Part 4 — The 2008 Regulations (Northern Ireland)

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Provision

Modification

 
 

Regulation 64 (cancellation

For the words from “by notice” to the end

 
 

of proxy appointment)

substitute “under paragraph 17(6) of Schedule 3 to

 
  

the Parliamentary Voting System and

 
  

Constituencies Act 2011, or otherwise ceases to be

 

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in force by virtue of that provision, the registration

 
  

officer shall notify the person who was the proxy,

 
  

unless the registration officer has previously been

 
  

notified by that person that he no longer wishes to

 
  

act as proxy.”

 

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Regulation 66(1) and (3)

For “sections 7(4) and 9(9) of the 1985 Act”

 
 

(records and lists kept under

substitute “paragraphs 16(2) or (3) or 19(6) of

 
 

sections 6, 7 and 8 of the 1985

Schedule 3 to the Parliamentary Voting System and

 
 

Act)

Constituencies Act 2011”.

 
 

Regulation 70 (interpretation

In the definition of “absent voters list”, for “section

 

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of Part 5)

7(4) of the 1985 Act” substitute “‘paragraph 16(2) of

 
  

Schedule 3 to the Parliamentary Voting System and

 
  

Constituencies Act 2011”.

 
  

For the definition of “agent” substitute—

 
  

““agent”, except in regulation

 

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73, means a referendum

 
  

agent or an agent appointed

 
  

under that regulation;”.

 
  

In the definition of “list of postal proxies”, for

 
  

“section 9(9) of the 1985 Act” substitute “paragraph

 

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19(6) of Schedule 3 to the Parliamentary Voting

 
  

System and Constituencies Act 2011”.

 
 

Regulation 72 (persons

For “a parliamentary election” substitute “the

 
 

entitled to be present at

referendum”.

 
 

proceedings on issue and

  

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receipt of postal ballot

  
 

papers)

  
  

For sub-paragraphs (a) to (c) substitute—

 
  

“(a)   

the counting officer and his clerks,

 
  

(b)   

a referendum agent,”.

 

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Regulation 73 (agents of

Before paragraph (1) insert—

 
 

candidates who may attend

   “(A1)  

A reference in this regulation to a

 
 

proceedings on issue or

candidate is to be read as a reference to a

 
 

receipt of postal ballot

referendum agent.”

 
 

papers)

  

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For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
  

“counting officer”.

 
  

Omit paragraph (6).

 
 

Regulation 74 (notification of

For “returning officer” substitute “counting

 
 

requirement of secrecy)

officer”.

 

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Schedule 4 — Application to the referendum of existing provisions
Part 4 — The 2008 Regulations (Northern Ireland)

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Provision

Modification

 
 

Regulation 75 (notice of

In paragraphs (1) and (2)—

 
 

issue of postal ballot papers)

(a)   

for “returning officer” substitute “counting

 
  

officer”;

 
  

(b)   

for “candidate” (in each place) substitute

 

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“referendum agent”.

 
 

Regulation 76 (procedure on

In paragraph (5)(b), for “section 9(9) of the 1985

 
 

issue of postal ballot papers)

Act” substitute “paragraph 19(6) of Schedule 3 to

 
  

the Parliamentary Voting System and

 
  

Constituencies Act 2011”.

 

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Regulation 77 (refusal to

For “returning officer” substitute “counting

 
 

issue postal ballot paper)

officer”.

 
 

Regulation 78 (envelopes)

In paragraph (1), for “rule 24 of the elections rules”

 
  

substitute “rule 12 of the referendum rules”.

 
 

Regulation 79 (sealing up of

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 

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completed corresponding

“counting officer”.

 
 

number lists)

  
 

Regulation 80 (delivery of

In paragraph (1)—

 
 

postal ballot papers)

(a)   

for “returning officer” substitute “counting

 
  

officer”;

 

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(b)   

in sub-paragraph (c), for “rule 26(1) of the

 
  

elections rules” substitute “rule 14 of the

 
  

referendum rules”.

 
  

In paragraph (2), for “returning officer” substitute

 
  

“counting officer”.

 

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Regulation 81 (spoilt postal

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

ballot papers)

“counting officer”.

 
 

Regulation 82 (notice of

In paragraph (1)—

 
 

opening of postal ballot

(a)   

for “returning officer” substitute “counting

 
 

paper envelopes)

officer”;

 

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(b)   

for “candidate” substitute “referendum

 
  

agent”.

 
  

In paragraph (2), for “candidate” substitute

 
  

“referendum agent”.

 
 

Regulation 83 (postal ballot

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 

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boxes and receptacles)

“counting officer”.

 
  

In paragraph (2), for the words “constituency for

 
  

which the election is held” substitute “voting area”.

 
  

In paragraph (4), after “lock the postal ballot box”

 
  

insert “(if it has a lock)”.

 

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Regulation 84 (receipt of

For “returning officer” substitute “counting

 
 

covering envelope)

officer”.

 
 
 

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Schedule 4 — Application to the referendum of existing provisions
Part 4 — The 2008 Regulations (Northern Ireland)

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Modification

 
 

Regulation 85 (opening of

In paragraphs (1) and (2), for “returning officer”

 
 

postal voters’ ballot box)

substitute “counting officer”.

 
  

In paragraph (3), for “rule 45 of the elections rules”

 
  

substitute “rule 40 of the referendum rules”.

 

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Regulation 86 (opening of

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

covering envelopes)

“counting officer”.

 
  

After paragraph (4) insert—

 
  

“(5)   

Where an envelope opened in accordance

 
  

with paragraph (1) contains a declaration of

 

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identity (whether separate or not), the

 
  

counting officer must place a mark in the

 
  

marked copy of the postal voters list or the

 
  

proxy postal voters list in a place

 
  

corresponding to the number of the elector

 

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to denote that a postal vote has been

 
  

returned.

 
  

(6)   

A mark made under paragraph (5) must be

 
  

distinguishable from and must not obscure

 
  

the mark made under regulation 76.

 

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(7)   

As soon as practicable after the last covering

 
  

envelope has been opened, the counting

 
  

officer must make up into a packet the copy

 
  

of the postal voters list and the proxy postal

 
  

voters list that has been marked in

 

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accordance with paragraph (5) and must

 
  

seal the packet.”

 
 

Regulation 87 (procedure in

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

relation to declarations of

“counting officer”.

 
 

identity)

  

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In paragraph (1)(b), for “rule 45(2)(b) and (2A) of

 
  

the elections rules)” substitute “rule 40(4)(b) and (5)

 
  

of the referendum rules”.

 
 

Regulation 88 (opening of

In paragraph (1), for “returning officer” substitute

 
 

ballot paper envelopes)

“counting officer”.

 

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Regulation 89 (sealing of

For “returning officer” substitute “counting

 
 

receptacles)

officer”.

 
 
 

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Schedule 4 — Application to the referendum of existing provisions
Part 4 — The 2008 Regulations (Northern Ireland)

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Regulation 91 (forwarding of

For paragraph (1) substitute—

 
 

documents)

    “(1)  

The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern

 
  

Ireland shall retain, together with the

 
  

documents mentioned in rule 50 of the

 

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referendum rules—

 
  

(a)   

any packets referred to in

 
  

regulations 79, 81(5) and 89,

 
  

endorsing on each packet a

 
  

description of its contents, the

 

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date of the referendum and the

 
  

name of the voting area; and

 
  

(b)   

a completed statement in Form

 
  

N.”

 
 

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 

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“counting officer”.

 
 

In paragraph (2), for the words from “and endorse”

 
  

to the end substitute “, endorse the packet as

 
  

mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) and retain the

 
  

packet”.

 

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For paragraph (3) substitute—

 
  

“(3)   

Rules 51 and 52 of the referendum rules

 
  

shall apply to any packet or document

 
  

retained under this regulation.”

 
 

Regulation 115

In paragraph (1), for “rule 57(1A) of the elections

 

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(interpretation of Part 7)

rules” substitute “rule 50(1)(b) of the referendum

 
  

rules”.

 
 

Regulation 116 (supply of

In paragraph (1)—

 
 

marked registers and lists

(a)   

for the words from “regulation 99” to “local

 
 

after an election)

government election” substitute

 

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“regulations 99, 105, 107 or 111, with copies

 
  

of the full register”;

 
  

(b)   

at the end insert—

 
  

   

“The reference to a person entitled to be

 
  

supplied in accordance with regulation 105

 

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with copies of the full register does not

 
  

include a person mentioned in regulation

 
  

105(1)(b).”

 
  

In paragraph (2)—

 
  

(a)   

for the words from “regulation 102” to

 

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“particular election” substitute “regulation

 
  

105(1)(a) or (c) applies before the

 
  

referendum”;

 
  

(b)   

for “that election” substitute “the

 
  

referendum”.

 

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 1 — Provision about combination

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Modification

 
  

In paragraph (6)(b), for “regulations 99, 102, 104,

 
  

105, 106, 107 or 111” substitute “regulations 99, 105,

 
  

107 and 111”.

 
 

Regulation 117 (inspection of

In paragraph (1)(b), for “an election” substitute “the

 

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documents open to public

referendum”.

 
 

inspection)

  
 

Regulation 118 (conditions

In paragraph (2) omit “either” and at the end insert

 
 

on the use, supply and

“or any purpose in connection with the

 
 

disclosure of documents

referendum”.

 

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open to public inspection)

  
 

Regulation 119 (fees relating

  
 

to the supply of marked

  
 

registers and lists)

  
 

In Schedule 3, Form N

For the heading substitute “REFERENDUM ON

 

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THE VOTING SYSTEM FOR UNITED

 
  

KINGDOM PARLIAMENTARY

 
  

ELECTIONS”.

 
  

For “constituency” substitute “voting area”.

 
  

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 

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“counting officer”.

 
 

Schedule 5

Section 4

 

Combination of polls: England

Part 1

Provision about combination

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General provisions

Interpretation

1     (1)  

An election or local referendum the poll for which is, under section 4(1), to

be taken together with the poll for the referendum under section 1 is referred

to in this Schedule as a “relevant election”.

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      (2)  

The polls to be taken together are referred to in this Schedule as “combined

polls”.

      (3)  

In relation to a local referendum, expressions used in this Part of this

Schedule are to be construed in accordance with the following table.

 
 

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Expression

Meaning

 
 

“Counting agent”

Counting observer as defined by

 
  

regulation 2(1) of the Local Authorities

 
  

(Conduct of Referendums) (England)

 
  

Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/2089).

 

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“Election agent”

Counting observer as defined by that

 
  

regulation.

 
 

“Polling agent”

Polling observer as defined by that

 
  

regulation.

 
 

“Returning officer”

Counting officer as defined by that

 

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regulation.

 
 

“Elector”

Voter as defined by rule 2(1) of the Local

 
  

Referendums (Combination of Polls)

 
  

Rules.

 

2          

In this Schedule—

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

counting agent for a relevant election (except where one or other is

specified);

“local authority” means—

(a)   

a county council in England;

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(b)   

a district council;

(c)   

a London borough council;

(d)   

a parish council;

“Local Elections (Combination of Polls) Rules” means the rules set out

in Schedule 3 to the Local Elections (Principal Areas) (England and

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Wales) Rules 2006 (S.I. 2006/3304);

“local referendum” means a referendum held in England under Part 2

of the Local Government Act 2000;

“Local Referendums (Combination of Polls) Rules” means the rules set

out in Schedule 5 to the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums)

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(England) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/2089);

“Mayoral Elections (Combination of Polls) Rules” means the rules set

out in Schedule 3 to the Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections)

(England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/1024);

“Parish Elections (Combination of Polls) Rules” means the rules set out

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in Schedule 3 to the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities)

(England and Wales) Rules 2006 (S.I. 2006/3305).

Functions to be performed by counting officer

3     (1)  

The specified functions of a returning officer for a relevant election are to be

carried out instead by the counting officer for the voting area in which the

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relevant election is to be held.

      (2)  

The specified functions are those specified in regulation 5 of the

Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales)

Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/294) (so far as relating to relevant elections).

 
 

 
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