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Representation of the People Bill

This is the text of the Representation of the People Bill, as passed by the House of Commons and introduced in the House of Lords on 20th January 2000.

 
EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory Notes to the Bill, prepared by the Home Office, are published separately as HL Bill 22- EN.


EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Lord Bassam of Brighton has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Representation of the People Bill are compatible with the Convention rights.


 
  
Representation of the People Bill
 
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES

PART I
ELECTORAL REGISTRATION AND FRANCHISE
New system of registration
Clause 
1.New system of electoral registration.

Disfranchisement
2.Disfranchisement of offenders detained in mental hospitals.

Residence for purposes of registration
3.Residence for purposes of registration: general.
4.Residence: patients in mental hospitals who are not detained offenders or on remand.
5.Residence: persons remanded in custody etc.
6.Notional residence: declarations of local connection.

Service voters
7.Service declarations.

Further amendments
8.Further amendments about registration.

Supply of information contained in register
9.Restriction on supply of information contained in register.

PART II
CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS
New electoral procedures
10.Pilot schemes.
11.Revision of procedures in the light of pilot schemes.

Manner of voting
12.Changes relating to absent voting at elections in Great Britain.

Persons with disabilities
13.Assistance with voting for persons with disabilities.

PART III
GENERAL
14.Minor and consequential amendments and repeals.
15.Financial provisions.
16.Citation, construction, commencement and extent.
 

SCHEDULES:
    Schedule 1-Registration: amendments of 1983 Act.
    Schedule 2-Registration: overseas electors.
    Schedule 3-Registration: local elections in Northern Ireland.
    Schedule 4-Absent voting in Great Britain.
    Schedule 5-Minor and consequential amendments.
    Schedule 6-Repeals.
    Part I-Repeals extending to whole of the United Kingdom.
    Part II-Repeals extending to England, Wales and Scotland.
    Part III-Repeals extending to Northern Ireland only.
 


 
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