People (Armed Forces) Act 1976

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1976 c. 29


Representation of the People(Armed Forces) Act 1976

1976 CHAPTER 29

An Act to make provision for the registration for electoral purposes of members of the armed forces and the wives and husbands of such members.

[22nd July 1976]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Change in effect of service declarations by members of the forces, etc.

1 Change in effect of service declarations by members of the forces, etc.

(1) The rule established by section 2(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1969 that a service declaration shall be made only with a view to registration in the register of electors for a particular year and with reference to the qualifying date for that register shall not apply to members of the forces and their wives and husbands, and that subsection and subsection (2) of that section (time of making, and expiry of, service declaration) shall cease to have effect.

(2) Instead, in section 10 of the Representation of the People Act 1949 (service qualification), after subsection (3) there shall be inserted the following subsections:—

(3A) A service declaration made by a member of the forces or the wife or husband of such a member shall, if not cancelled, continue in force so long as the declarant has a service qualification, except in so far as regulations provide that the declaration shall cease to be in force on a change in the circumstances giving the service qualification.

(3B) A service declaration made by any other person shall be made with a view to registration in the register of electors for a particular year and with reference to the qualifying date for that register.

(3C) A service declaration made with reference to any qualifying date shall be made during the twelve months ending with that date, but shall not have effect if after it is made and before that date the declarant ceases to have a service qualification or cancels the declaration or, in so far as regulations so provide, if after the declaration is made and before that date there is a change in the circumstances giving the service qualification.’.

S-2 Change of service qualification.

2 Change of service qualification.

2. The wife or husband of a member of the forces shall have a service qualification for the purposes of the Representation of the People Act 1949, notwithstanding that she or he does not satisfy the requirement of paragraph (c ) of section 10(1) of that Act that she or he must be residing outside the United Kingdom to be with that member, and accordingly for that paragraph...

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