Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2001/400

2001 No. 400

REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE

The Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001

Made 12th February 2001

Coming into force 16th February 2001

Whereas a draft of these Regulations has been approved by resolution of each House of Parliament;

Now, therefore, the Secretary of State in exercise of the powers conferred on him by the provisions which are specified in Schedule 1 to these Regulations, hereby makes the following Regulations:—

GENERAL, INTERPRETATION AND MISCELLANEOUS

PART I

GENERAL, INTERPRETATION AND MISCELLANEOUS

Citation, commencement and extent
S-1 Citation, commencement and extent

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001 and shall come into force on 16th February 2001.

(2) These Regulations shall extend to Northern Ireland only.

Revocations
S-2 Revocations

Revocations

2. The instruments listed in column 1 of Schedule 2 to these Regulations (which have the references listed in column 2) are hereby revoked to the extent indicated in column 3 of that Schedule.

Interpretation
S-3 Interpretation

Interpretation

3.—(1) For the purposes of these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

“1962 Act” means the Electoral Law (Northern Ireland) Act 19621;

“1983 Act” means the Representation of the People Act 19832;

“1985 Act” means the Representation of the People Act 19853;

“2000 Act” means the Representation of the People Act 20004;

“available for inspection” means available for inspection during ordinary office hours;

“British Council employee” means a person employed by the British Council in a post outside the United Kingdom;

“candidate” means—

(a) in relation to a parliamentary election, a person who is nominated as a candidate at the election, or is declared by himself or by others to be a candidate on or after the day of the issue of the writ for the election, or after the dissolution or vacancy in consequence of which the writ was issued;

(b) in relation to a local election, a person having been nominated or having declared himself a candidate for election to the office to be filled at the election;

“Crown servant” means a person who is employed in a post falling within the class or description set out in regulation 15 below;

“data” has the same meaning as in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 19985;

“elections rules” means the parliamentary elections rules in Schedule 1 to the 1983 Act;

“European Parliamentary overseas elector” means a peer who has made a European Parliamentary overseas elector’s declaration and is registered or is entitled to be registered in pursuance of it;

“European Parliamentary overseas elector’s declaration” means a declaration made in pursuance of section 2 of the 1985 Act, as applied by regulation 13 of, and Schedule 4 to, these Regulations;

“list of overseas electors” means the list prepared under regulation 45 below;

“local elector” and “local election” have the same meaning as in section 130(1) of the 1962 Act;

“overseas elector” means a person who has made an overseas elector’s declaration and is registered or entitled to be registered as a parliamentary elector in pursuance of it;

“register” means the register of electors; and

“registration officer” means the electoral registration officer.

(2) A reference in these Regulations to a form identified by means of a letter shall be construed as a reference to the form so identified in Schedule 3 to these Regulations.

(3) In the application of these Regulations to the registers which are required to be published not later than 15th February 2001 by section 13(1) of the 1983 Act, as enacted, references to the publication of the revised version are to be read as references to the publication of the register.

(4) Any reference in these Regulations to a provision of the 1983 Act which has been applied by section 2(1) of, and Schedule 1 to, the Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 19896shall include a reference to that provision as so applied and with any modifications specified in Part II of that Schedule.

Forms
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Forms

4.—(1) The registration officer shall supply free of charge as many forms for use in connection with—

(a)

(a) section 10A(1)(a) and (3) of the 1983 Act7, and

(b)

(b) applications made under section 6, 7, 8 or 9 of the 1985 Act and Part IV of these Regulations,

as appear to that officer reasonable in the circumstances to any person who satisfies that officer of his intention to use the forms in connection with an election.

(2) The forms set out in Schedule 3 to these Regulations or forms substantially to the like effect may be used with such variations as the circumstances may require.

Communication of applications, notices etc.
S-5 Communication of applications, notices etc.

Communication of applications, notices etc.

5. The requirement in these Regulations that any application, notice or objection should be in writing is satisfied where (apart from the usual meaning of that expression) the text of it—

(a) is transmitted by electronic means,

(b) is received in legible form, and

(c) is capable of being used for subsequent reference.

Electronic signatures and related certificates
S-6 Electronic signatures and related certificates

Electronic signatures and related certificates

6.—(1) A requirement in these Regulations for an application, notice or objection to be signed is satisfied (as an alternative to the signature given by hand) where there is—

(a)

(a) an electronic signature incorporated into or logically associated with a particular electronic communication, and

(b)

(b) the certification by any person of such a signature.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation an electronic signature is so much of anything in electronic form as—

(a)

(a) is incorporated into or otherwise logically associated with any electronic communication or both; and

(b)

(b) purports to be so incorporated or associated for the purpose of being used in establishing the authenticity of the communication, the integrity of the communication or both.

(3) For the purposes of this regulation an electronic signature incorporated into or associated with a particular electronic communication is certified by any person if that person (whether before or after the making of the communication) has made a statement confirming that—

(a)

(a) the signature,

(b)

(b) a means of producing, communicating or verifying the signature, or

(c)

(c) a procedure applied to the signature,

is (either alone or in combination with other factors) a valid means of establishing the authenticity of the communication, the integrity of the communication or both.

Copies of documents
S-7 Copies of documents

Copies of documents

7. Where a document is made available for inspection under these Regulations, any person may make a copy (whether hand-written or by other means) of the whole or any part of it.

Time
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Time

8.—(1) Where the day or last day of the time allowed by these Regulations for the doing of anything falls on any of the days mentioned in paragraph (3) below, that time shall be extended until the next following day which is not one of those days.

(2) Subject to regulation 57(5) below, in computing any period of not more than 7 days for the purposes of these Regulations any of the days mentioned in paragraph (3) below shall be disregarded.

(3) The days referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) above are a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or a bank holiday.

(4) In paragraph (3) above “bank holiday” means a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 19718in Northern Ireland.

Official poll card at parliamentary elections
S-9 Official poll card at parliamentary elections

Official poll card at parliamentary elections

9.—(1) For the purpose of rule 28(3) of the elections rules the following forms are hereby prescribed.

(2) The official poll card issued to an elector shall be in Form A.

(3) The official poll card issued to the proxy of an elector shall be in Form B.

Return and declaration of election expenses
S-10 Return and declaration of election expenses

Return and declaration of election expenses

10.—(1) For the purpose of section 75(3) of the 1983 Act, the form of the return of election expenses shall be in Form C and the form of the declaration as to election expenses shall be in Form D.

(2) The fee for inspecting a return or declaration (including any accompanying documents) specified in section 89(1) of the 1983 Act (which relate to the return and declarations of election expenses) shall be £5.

(3) The price of a copy of any such return, declaration or document shall be at the rate of 20p for each side of each page.

Interference with notices etc.
S-11 Interference with notices etc.

Interference with notices etc.

11. If any person without lawful authority destroys, mutilates, defaces or removes any notice published by the registration officer in connection with his registration duties or any copies of a document which have been made available for inspection in pursuance of those duties, he shall be liable on a summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Device referred to in rule 29(3A) (b) of parliamentary elections rules
S-12 Device referred to in rule 29(3A) (b) of parliamentary elections rules

Device referred to in rule 29(3A) (b) of parliamentary elections rules

12.—(1) The device referred to in rule 29(3A)(b) of the elections rules9shall be of the description set out in this regulation.

(2) The device must be capable of being attached firmly to a ballot paper and of being removed from it after use without damage to the paper.

(3) On the right-hand side of the device there shall be tabs of equal size which satisfy the conditions in paragraphs (4) to (7) below.

(4) The tabs shall be capable of being positioned on the ballot paper so that each one is above one of the...

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