Representation of the People Bill - continued        House of Lords
SCHEDULE 1, REGISTRATION: AMENDMENTS OF 1983 ACT - continued
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"Publication of registers.     13. - (1) Following the conclusion of the canvass conducted by a registration officer for any year under section 10 above, the officer shall publish a revised version of both of his registers-
 
    (a) by 1st December in that year; or
 
    (b) by such later date as regulations may prescribe.
      (2) The revised versions of the registers shall incorporate-
 
 
    (a) all the alterations which are required to be made in them as mentioned in section 10(6) above; and
 
    (b) any alterations which are required to be made by virtue of section 13A(3) below.
      (3) A registration officer may in addition, if he thinks fit, publish a revised version of either of his registers at any time between-
 
 
    (a) the time when the register was last published in accordance with subsection (1) above, and
 
    (b) the time when it is due to be next so published;
  and a registration officer proposing to publish a revised version of a register in accordance with this subsection must publish notice of his intention to do so by such time and in such manner as may be prescribed.
 
      (4) When revising a register for publication under this section the registration officer shall make such changes affecting the electoral numbers of persons registered in the register as he considers necessary in order to comply with section 9(4) above.
 
      (5) Where a revised version of a register is published at any time under this section, the register has effect in the form in which it is so published as from that time until the time when-
 
 
    (a) a revised version is next so published, or
 
    (b) if earlier, any alteration to the register takes effect under section 13A or 13B below.
      (6) Any reference in this section or section 13A below to the publication of a revised version of the register is to its publication in accordance with regulations made in pursuance of paragraphs 10A and 10B(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to this Act.
 
Alteration of registers.     13A. - (1) This section applies where, at any time ("the relevant time") after the publication of a revised version of a register by a registration officer under section 13 above, the registration officer-
 
 
    (a) on an application for registration being made by any person in accordance with the prescribed requirements, determines that that person is entitled to be so registered;
 
    (b) is required, by virtue of any provision of this Part of this Act, to remove a person's entry from the register;
 
    (c) is notified of any decision on an appeal by virtue of section 56 below which requires any such alteration in the register as is mentioned in subsection (4) of that section; or
 
    (d) determines that the register contains any clerical error.
      (2) In such a case the registration officer shall (subject to subsection (3) below) issue, in the prescribed manner, a notice specifying the appropriate alteration in the register; and-
 
 
    (a) the notice shall be so issued by him-
 
      (i) on the first day of the month which follows that in which the relevant time falls, or
 
      (ii) if that day is less than 14 days after that time, on the first day of the month immediately following that month; and
 
    (b) (subject to section 13B(1) below) the alteration in question shall have effect as from the beginning of the day on which the notice is issued.
      (3) Subsection (2) above does not require a registration officer to issue a notice under that subsection in a case where (apart from this subsection) that subsection would require the notice to be issued-
 
 
    (a) at the beginning of the month containing the date on which a revised version of the register is next due to be published in accordance with section 13(1) or (3) above, or
 
    (b) at the beginning of either of the two months preceding that containing the date on which a revised version of the register is next due to be published in accordance with section 13(1) above,
  and in such a case the alteration in question shall be made in that revised version of the register.
 
      (4) Subsection (2) above also does not require a registration officer to issue a notice under that subsection in a case where section 13B(3) below requires him to issue a notice under that provision.
 
      (5) No alteration affecting a published version of a register of electors shall be made otherwise than in accordance with this section and section 13B below.
 
      (6) For the purposes of subsection (1) above "determines" means determines in accordance with regulations; and section 119 below shall apply for the purposes of subsection (2)(a) above as if it were contained in Part II of this Act.
 
Alteration of registers: pending elections.     13B. - (1) An alteration in a published version of a register of electors which takes effect under section 13A(2) above after the final nomination day in the case of an election to which this section applies shall not have effect for the purposes of that election unless the alteration-
 
 
    (a) is made in consequence of a decision or determination falling within section 13A(1)(c) or (d) above; and
 
    (b) takes effect on or before the fifth day before the date of the poll.
      (2) Subsection (3) below applies where-
 
 
    (a) at any time before the appropriate publication date in the case of an election to which this section applies, section 13A above applies to a registration officer, by virtue of subsection (1) of that section, in connection with a decision or determination-
 
      (i) falling within subsection (1)(c) or (d) of that section, and
 
      (ii) in consequence of which a person's name falls to be entered in (or removed from) the register in respect of an address in the relevant election area; and
 
    (b) no alteration made in consequence of that decision or determination-
 
      (i) has already taken effect, or
 
      (ii) is due to take effect,
 
    under subsection (2) of that section on or before the fifth day before the date of the poll.
      (3) In such a case the registration officer shall issue, in the prescribed manner, a notice specifying the appropriate alteration in the register; and-
 
 
    (a) the notice shall be so issued by him on the appropriate publication date; and
 
    (b) the alteration shall take effect as from the beginning of that day.
      (4) This section applies to the following elections-
 
 
    (a) parliamentary elections,
 
    (b) elections to the European Parliament,
 
    (c) elections to the Scottish Parliament,
 
    (d) elections to the National Assembly for Wales,
 
    (e) elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, and
 
    (f) local government elections in England, Wales or Scotland.
      (5) In this section-
 
 
    "the appropriate publication date", in relation to a registration officer and an election to which this section applies, means either the sixth or the fifth day before the date of the poll, as the registration officer may determine;
 
    "the final nomination day", in relation to such an election, means the last day on which nomination papers may be delivered to the returning officer for the purposes of the election;
 
    "the relevant election area", in relation to a registration officer and such an election, means-
 
      (a) the area for which the registration officer acts, or
 
      (b) if the election is held in only part of that area, the part of that area in question.
      (6) Section 119 below shall apply for the purposes of this section as if-
 
 
    (a) it were contained in Part II of this Act; and
 
    (b) each of the days referred to in this section were the day on which anything is required or permitted to be done by or in pursuance of that Part of this Act."
 
Service declarations
     7. In section 14 (service qualification), in subsection (2), for "section 1(2) above" substitute "section 4(2) above".
 
     8. - (1) Section 15 (service declaration) is amended as follows.
 
      (2) For subsections (2) to (4) substitute-
 
 
    "(2) Where a person is registered in a register of electors in pursuance of a service declaration, the person is entitled to remain so registered until-
 
 
    (a) the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the date when the entry in the register first takes effect,
 
    (b) the declaration is cancelled under subsection (7) below, or
 
    (c) another entry made in respect of him in any register of electors takes effect (whether or not in pursuance of a service declaration),
  whichever first occurs.
 
      (3) Where the entitlement of such a person to remain so registered terminates by virtue of subsection (2) above, the registration officer concerned shall remove that person's entry from the register, unless he is entitled to remain registered in pursuance of a further service declaration."
 
      (3) In subsection (7) (cancellation of declarations), omit the words from "and (subject" onwards.
 
      (4) After that subsection add-
 
 
    "(8) A service declaration shall be of no effect unless it is received by the registration officer concerned within the period of three months beginning with the date of the declaration."
 
     9. In section 16, omit the following-
 
 
    (a) in paragraph (b), the words from "where" to "such a member,";
 
    (b) paragraph (c); and
 
    (c) in paragraph (d), the words "will be or".
     10. In section 17 (effect of service declaration), for subsection (1) substitute-
 
 
    "(1) Where a person's service declaration is in force when he applies for registration, he shall be regarded for the purposes of section 4 above as-
 
 
    (a) resident on the date of the declaration at the address specified in it in accordance with section 16(d) above;
 
    (b) for the purposes of registration in Northern Ireland as resident in Northern Ireland during the whole of the period of three months ending with that date; and
 
    (c) until the contrary is proved, as being a Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a relevant citizen of the Union of the age appearing from the declaration and as not being subject to any legal incapacity except as so appearing."
 
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