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Thursday 18th October 2001

STANDING COMMITTEE D


ELECTORAL FRAUD (NORTHERN IRELAND) BILL

   

Lembit Öpik
Lady Hermon

36

Clause     4,     page     4,     line     35,     at end insert—

    '(8)   The Chief Electoral Officer of Northern Ireland shall use his best endeavours to ensure that—

    (a)   within 5 years from the commencement of this section two thirds of those appearing on the electoral register hold electoral identity cards; and

    (b)   within 10 years from the commencement of this section that all those appearing on the electoral register hold electoral identity cards.'.

   

Mr Eddie McGrady

18

Clause     4,     page     4,     line     37,     after 'documents)', insert 'sub-paragraphs (b) and (c) are deleted and'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Lady Hermon

37

Clause     4,     page     4,     line     38,     at end insert—

    '(4)   In Schedule 1 (parliamentary election rules), in rule 37(1E) (specified documents), leave out sub-paragraphs (c) to (g).

    (5)   Subsection 4 shall come into force 18 months after the coming into force of the rest of this section.'.


   

Mr Eddie McGrady

25

Clause     5,     page     5,     line     4,     leave out 'Paragraphs (1A) to (1G)' and insert 'Paragraph (1A) and paragraphs (1D) to (1G)'.


   

Mr Eddie McGrady

20

Clause     6,     page     5,     line     12,     leave out 'or date of birth' and insert ', date of birth or national insurance number'.

   

Mr Desmond Browne

49

Clause     6,     page     5,     line     25,     after 'made', insert 'to him'.

   

Mr Eddie McGrady

21

Clause     6,     page     5,     line     26,     after first 'birth', insert 'or national insurance number'.

   

Mr Eddie McGrady

22

Clause     6,     page     5,     line     26,     after second 'birth', insert 'or national insurance number'.

   

Mr Peter Robinson

8

Clause     6,     page     5,     line     32,     at end add—

'13 Multiple registration

    '(1)   Any person who—

    (a)   registers as an elector in more than one parliamentary constituency; or

    (b)   registers as an elector in more than one local government area,

       is guilty of an offence.

    (2)   A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to—

    (a)   imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months; or

    (b)   a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale,

       or to both.'.

   

Mr Peter Robinson
Mr Eddie McGrady

9

Clause     6,     page     5,     line     32,     at end add—

'13F Multiple voting

    '(1)   Any person who votes as an elector otherwise than by proxy either—

    (a)   more than once at any local government election; or

    (b)   in more than one electoral area at an ordinary election of councillors for a local government area; or

    (c)   in any electoral area, where there is in force an appointment of a person to vote as his proxy at the election in some other electoral area

       is guilty of an offence.

    (2)   A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to—

    (a)   imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months; or

    (b)   a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale,

       or to both.'.


   

Lady Hermon
Lembit Öpik

44

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     2,     leave out from 'appoint' to end of line 4.


NEW CLAUSES

Voters to produce specified documents

   

Mr Peter Robinson
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Elections (Northern Ireland) Act 1985 (c. 2) is amended as follows.

    (2)   In section 1 (voters to produce specified documents) subsection (2), at the end of inserted sub-paragraph (1E)(a), there is inserted "and the requirement under this rule shall be satisfied by the production of the plastic photographic card which either is, or forms the counterpart of, a licence to drive a motor vehicle."

    (3)   In section 1 (voters to produce specified documents) subsection (2), at the end of inserted sub-paragrpah (1E)(d), there is inserted—

    "(da)   a senior citizen's concessionary fare pass issued by the Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development.".'.


Activities of polling agents

   

Mr Peter Robinson

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 (parliamentary elections rules) is amended as follows.

    (2)   In rule 35 (questions to be put to voters), in paragraph (4), at the end, there is added "; and no candidate's polling agent present in the polling station shall be provided with, gather or disseminate any information as to which elector or electors have or have not voted during the hours of polling".'.


Procedure on close of poll

   

Mr Peter Robinson
Mr Eddie McGrady

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 (parliamentary elections rules) is amended as follows.

    (2)   In rule 43 (procedure on close of poll), after paragraph (2), there is inserted—

            "(2A)   The marked copies of the register of electors and of the list of proxies shall be returned to the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland and shall not be made available to any member of the public.".'.


Multiple voting at local government elections

   

Mr Peter Robinson

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

       'Section 1(3) of the Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989 (c.3) is amended by inserting at the end—

    "   or (c) in more than one district at any local government election".'.


Requirement for signature before issue of ballot paper

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 (parliamentary election rules) is amended as follows.

    (2)   After rule 35 there is inserted—

    "35A.   (1) A person applying as an elector shall sign his name before he is issued with a ballot paper.

    (2)   The presiding officer may dispense with the requirement in paragraph (1) above in relation to any applicant if he is satisfied that it is not reasonably practicable for that person to sign in a consistent and distinctive way because of any incapacity of his.".'.


Voters: specified documents

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   From 1st April 2003, paragraph (1E) of rule 37 of the parliamentary election rules applicable to elections in Northern Ireland, imported into schedule 1 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 by section 1(2) of the Elections (Northern Ireland) Act 1985 (c.2), is amended in accordance with sub-section (2).

    (2)   Sub-paragraphs (a) to (g) are omitted and the following are inserted:

    "(a)   the plastic photographic card which is, or forms the counterpart of, a current licence to drive a motor vehicle;

    (b)   a current passport issued by the Government of the United Kingdom or by the Government of the Republic of Ireland;

    (c)   a senior citizen's concessionary fare pass isued by the Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development;

    (d)   a current electoral identity card issued under section 13C of this Act.".'.


General availability of list of persons who have voted

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 (parliamentary election rules) is amended as follows.

    (2)   After rule 37 there is inserted—

    "37A.   During the hours of polling the presiding officer shall maintain a list of those persons on the register who have voted and shall make the list available from time to time on request to a relevant candidate, election agent, or polling agent.".'.


Registration: notification of multiple registrations

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes
Mr Peter Robinson

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In section 10 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (maintenance of registers: annual canvass) there is inserted—

    "(5A).   The information to be obtained by the use of such a form for the purposes of a canvass in Northern Ireland shall include an indication of any other address at which the person is registered."

    (2)   In section 10A (maintenance of the registers: registration of electors) and in section 13A (alteration of registers) of the 1983 Act there is inserted—

    "( ).   An application for registration in respect of an address in Northern Ireland shall include an indication of any other address at which the person is registered."

    (3)   Any person knowlingly giving false information in response to any requirement of this section is guilty of an offence with liability on summary conviction to—

    (a)   imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months; or

    (b)   a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale,

    or to both.'.

 
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