Representation of the People Bill -
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Clause 12
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
118     Page 14, line 13, leave out (",  Wales and Scotland") and insert ("and Wales") 
  
Schedule 4
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
119     Page 33, line 23, leave out ("Wales or Scotland") and insert ("or Wales") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
120     Page 34, line 49, at end insert ("by reason of his attendance on a course provided by an educational institution or that of his spouse, or") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
121     Page 37, line 5, after ("neither") insert ("a British citizen,") 
122     Page 37, line 11, after ("neither") insert ("a British citizen,") 
123     Page 38, line 7, at end insert--
 
    ("(12)  When a nominated proxy is approved by an electoral registration officer to hold a permanent or particular proxy vote for an elector, the election registration officer shall write within three working days of the application to the elector to confirm the name and address of the appointed proxy and the duration of the appointment of the proxy vote.")
 
  
Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
124     Page 14, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In rule 6 (nomination of candidates) at the end there shall be inserted--
        (4)  The returning officer shall refuse to accept the nomination of a candidate in a name which has been adopted by the candidate and appears to the returning officer to have been adopted with a view to causing confusion among electors between that candidate and any other person who is or is likely to become a candidate in the same election."&#M10;&#M10;&#M10;")
 
125     Page 14, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In rule 25 (provision of polling stations) after sub-paragraph (1) there shall be inserted--
        ("(1A) The returning officer shall not provide as a polling station any place which is not accessible to people in wheelchairs or otherwise with restricted mobility and cannot reasonably be made accessible to them by temporary ramps or other equipment."")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
126     Page 14, line 45, at end insert ("and any assistance given shall be in a form which will not enable the identity of the voter to be revealed") 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
127     Page 14, line 45, at end insert ("; and
    (c)  temporary ramps or other equipment which may be reasonably required to allow access to polling stations by registered electors in wheelchairs or otherwise with restricted mobility"")
 
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
128     Page 16, line 41, at end insert--
    (""local government area" has the meaning given by section 203(1) of the 1983 Act;")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
129     Page 17, line 4, after ("15") insert (", paragraph 19A of Schedule 1") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
130     Page 17, line 14, after ("4,") insert--
    ("(  )  paragraph 6 of Schedule 5,")
 
131     Page 17, line 20, leave out ("and 13") and insert ("to 13C") 
  
Schedule 5
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
132     Page 40, leave out lines 18 and 19 and insert ("any relevant election,") 
133     Page 40, line 24, at end insert ("; or
    (b)  anything which purports to be the signature of an elector who proposes, seconds or assents to, the nomination of such a candidate but which he knows--
          (i)  was not written by the elector by whom it purports to have been written, or
          (ii)  if written by that elector, was not written by him for the purpose of signifying that he was proposing, seconding, or (as the case may be) assenting to, that candidate's nomination.
    (2)  In this section "relevant election" means--
    (a)  any parliamentary election, or
    (b)  any local government election in England or Wales."")
 
134     Page 40, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("  . After section 66 insert--
 
 Prohibition on publication of exit polls.     66A.--(1) No person shall, in the case of an election to which this section applies, publish before the poll is closed--
    (a)  any statement relating to the way in which voters have voted at the election where that statement is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information given by voters after they have voted, or
    (b)  any forecast as to the result of the election which is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information so given.
    (2)  This section applies to--
    (a)  any parliamentary election; and
    (b)  any local government election in England or Wales.
    (3)  If a person acts in contravention of subsection (1) above he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.
 
    (4)  In this section--
    forecast" includes estimate;
    publish" means make available to the public at large, or any section of the public, in whatever form and by whatever means;
and any reference to the result of an election is a reference to the result of the election either as a whole or so far as any particular candidate or candidates at the election is or are concerned."  ")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
135     Page 40, line 38, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Omit rule 20.")
 
136     Page 40, line 43, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In rule 35, in paragraph (1), for "may" substitute "must"")
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
137     Page 41, line 32, leave out ("and 13") and insert ("to 13C") 
138     Page 41, line 33, leave out ("In section 5 (manner of voting), after") and insert ("--(1) Section 5 is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), omit "or local government".
 
    (3)  In subsection (5), omit "or, as the case may be, electoral area".
 
    (4)  After")
 
139     Page 41, line 42, at end insert--
 
    ("(5)  In subsection (6), omit "or local government" (wherever occurring).
 
    (6)  For subsection (7) substitute--
        (7)  In this section and sections 6 to 9 of this Act "appropriate rules" means the parliamentary elections rules."  ")
 
140     Page 41, line 43, leave out paragraph 13 and insert--
 
    ("13.--(1) Section 6 (absent vote at elections for an indefinite period) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1)--
    (a)  omit ", at local government elections or at both"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a), for "elections to which the application relates" substitute "parliamentary elections".
    (3)  In subsection (2), omit--
    (a)  or local government", and
    (b)  paragraph (aa),
and, in paragraph (c), after "his spouse," insert "or by reason of his attendance on a course provided by an educational institution or that of his spouse,".
 
    (4)  Omit subsection (2A).
 
    (5)  In subsection (3), omit paragraph (a).
 
    (6)  In subsection (4), after "in pursuance of" insert "a declaration of local connection or".
 
    13A.--(1) Section 7 (absent vote at a particular election and absent voters list) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), omit--
    (a)  or local government"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (b), "or, as the case may be, local government".
    (3)  For subsection (2) substitute--
        (2)  Subsection (1) above does not apply to a person who is included in the record kept under section 6 of this Act, but such a person may, in respect of a particular parliamentary election, apply to the registration officer--
      (a)  for his ballot paper to be sent to a different address in the United Kingdom, or
      (b)  to vote by proxy,
    if he is shown in the record so kept as voting by post at parliamentary elections."
    (4)  In subsection (4)--
    (a)  omit "or local government"; and
    (b)  in each of paragraphs (a) and (b), for "elections of the kind in question" substitute "parliamentary elections".
    13B.--(1) Section 8 (proxies at elections) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), omit "or local government".
 
    (3)  Omit subsection (3A).
 
    (4)  In subsection (4), omit "or local government".
 
    (5)  In subsection (5), omit ", or at the same local government election in any electoral area,".
 
    (6)  In subsection (6)--
    (a)  omit ", at local government elections or at both"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a), for "electors for elections in respect of which the application is made" substitute "parliamentary electors".
    (7)  In subsection (7), omit--
    (a)  or local government"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a) "or, as the case may be, local government".
    (8)  For subsection (9) substitute--
        (9)  The appointment may be cancelled by the elector by giving notice to the registration officer, and shall also cease to be in force on the issue of a proxy paper appointing a different person to vote for him at any parliamentary election or elections (whether in the same constituency or elsewhere)."
    13C.--(1) Section 9 (voting as proxy) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In each of subsections (1) and (3), omit "or local government".
 
    (3)  In subsection (4), omit--
    (a)  , at local government elections or at both"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a), ", or electoral area,";
and in paragraph (b) for "the same area" substitute "the same ward".
 
    (4)  Omit subsection (5).
 
    (5)  In subsection (6), omit paragraph (a) (including the final "and").
 
    (6)  In subsection (7), omit "or, as the case may be, electoral area".
 
    (7)  In subsection (8), omit "in respect of elections of the kind in question".
 
    (8)  In subsection (9), omit--
    (a)  or local government"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a), "in respect of elections of the kind in question".
    (9)  In subsection (10)--
    (a)  in paragraph (a), omit ", local government electors or both (as the case may be)"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (b), for "elections of the kind in question" substitute "parliamentary elections".
    (10)  In subsection (11), in paragraph (b), omit ", or electoral area,".")
 
  
Schedule 6
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
141     Page 42, line 20, column 3, at end insert-- 
  ("Section 49(1) and (2).") 
142     Page 43, column 3, leave out line 26 and insert-- 
  ("In section 5--
 
    (a) in each of subsections (1) and (6), the words "or local government" (wherever occurring), and
 
    (b) in subsection (5), the words "or, as the case may be, electoral area".
 
In section 6--
 
    (a) in subsection (1), the words ", at local government elections or at both",
 
    (b) in subsection (2), the words "or local government" and paragraph (aa), and
 
    (c) subsections (2A) and (3)(a).
 
In section 7--
 
    (a) in each of subsections (1) and (4), the words "or local government", and
 
    (b) in subsection (1)(b), the words "or, as the case may be, local government".
 
In section 8--
 
    (a) in each of subsections (1), (4) and (7), the words "or local government",
 
    (b) subsection (3A),
 
    (c) in subsection (5), the words ", or at the same local government election in any electoral area,",
 
    (d) in subsection (6), the words ", at local government elections or at both", and
 
    (e) in subsection (7)(a), the words "or, as the case may be, local government".
 
In section 9--
 
    (a) in each of subsections (1), (3) and (9), the words "or local government",
 
    (b) in subsection (4), the words ", at local government elections or at both" and, in paragraph (a), ", or electoral area,",
 
    (c) subsection (5),
 
    (d) in subsection (6), paragraph (a) (including the final "and"),
 
    (e) in subsection (7), the words "or, as the case may be, electoral area",
 
    (f) in each of subsections (8) and (9)(a), the words "in respect of elections of the kind in question",
 
    (g) in subsection (10)(a), the words "local government electors or both (as the case may be)", and
 
    (h) in subsection (11), the words ", or electoral area,".")
 
 
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