Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART II, REGISTRATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES - continued

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Registration
Registration of parties.     25. - (1) A party may apply for inclusion in the register by sending to the Commission-
 
 
    (a) an application which complies with the requirements of Part I of Schedule 3, and
 
    (b) a declaration that the party intends to have one or more candidates at elections which are relevant elections for the purposes of this Part or at any particular relevant election.
      (2) The Commission shall grant such an application by a party unless in their opinion the party proposes a registered name which-
 
 
    (a) would be likely to result in electors confusing that party with a party which is already registered,
 
    (b) comprises more than six words,
 
    (c) is obscene or offensive,
 
    (d) includes words the publication of which would be likely to amount to the commission of an offence,
 
    (e) includes any script other than Roman script, or
 
    (f) includes any word or expression prohibited by order made by the Secretary of State after consulting the Commission,
  or it appears to the Commission that the party has failed to adopt a scheme approved under section 23.
 
      (3) An order under subsection (2)(f) may except the use of a word or expression from the prohibition in specified circumstances.
 
      (4) Where the Commission grant an application by a party under this section, they shall include in the party's entry in the register-
 
 
    (a) the particulars, apart from home addresses, given in the application in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 4, 5(2) and 6 of Schedule 3; and
 
    (b) the date of registration.
Emblems.     26. - (1) A party's application under section 25 may include a request for the registration of up to three emblems to be used by the party on ballot papers.
 
      (2) Where a request is made by a party under this section in relation to an emblem, the Commission shall register the emblem as an emblem of the party unless in their opinion it-
 
 
    (a) would be likely to be confused by voters with an emblem which is already registered for another party,
 
    (b) is obscene or offensive,
 
    (c) is of such a character that its publication would be likely to amount to the commission of an offence, or
 
    (d) includes a word or expression prohibited by virtue of section 25(2)(f).
      (3) A registered emblem shall be a black and white representation of the emblem shown in the application.
 
Changes to the register.     27. - (1) A party may apply to the Commission to have its entry in the register altered by-
 
 
    (a) changing its registered name,
 
    (b) the amendment of any other particular included in the register,
 
    (c) the addition, substitution or removal of an emblem, or
 
    (d) the addition of information prescribed under paragraph 6 of Schedule 3 since the party applied for registration.
      (2) Subject to subsections (3) to (5), the Commission shall grant an application under this section.
 
      (3) The Commission shall refuse an application to change a party's registered name if, in their opinion, any of paragraphs (a) to (f) of section 25(2) apply to the new name.
 
      (4) The Commission shall refuse an application to add an emblem if-
 
 
    (a) the party already has three registered emblems, or
 
    (b) in the Commission's opinion, any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of section 26(2) apply to the emblem.
      (5) The Commission shall refuse to substitute an emblem if in their opinion any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of section 26(2) apply to the new emblem.
 
      (6) Part II of Schedule 3 applies to applications under this section.
 
Confirmation of registered particulars etc.     28. - (1) The person registered as treasurer of a party must, at the time when the statement of accounts for any financial year of the party is sent to the Commission under Part III, give a notification under this section to the Commission.
 
      (2) A notification under this section must-
 
 
    (a) state that the particulars in the party's entry in the register remain accurate and include any information prescribed under paragraph 6 of Schedule 3 since the relevant time, or
 
    (b) include an application under section 27 as a result of which the party's entry will become accurate and will include any information prescribed under paragraph 6 of Schedule 3 since that time.
      (3) A notification under this section must also give particulars of any change occurring in the party's constitution (within the meaning of section 23) since the relevant time.
 
      (4) In subsections (2) and (3) "the relevant time" means-
 
 
    (a) the time when the party applied for registration, or
 
    (b) if a notification has been previously given under this section in relation to the party, the time when the last such notification was given.
      (5) A notification under this section must be accompanied by any fee prescribed by order made by the Secretary of State.
 
Party ceasing to be registered.     29. - (1) Once a party is registered its entry may only be removed from the register in accordance with subsection (2).
 
      (2) Where-
 
 
    (a) a party applies to have its entry removed from the register, and
 
    (b) the application includes a declaration on behalf of the party that it does not intend to have any candidates at any relevant election,
  the Commission shall remove the party's entry from the register.
 
      (3) On the removal of the party's entry from the register the party shall cease to be a registered party.
 
      (4) However, until the end of the financial year of the party which follows that in which its entry is removed from the register-
 
 
    (a) the Commission shall, when considering applications made by other parties under this Part, treat the entry as if it were still contained in the register, and
 
    (b) the requirements of Parts III and IV shall continue to apply to the party as if it were still registered.
      (5) Part III of Schedule 3 applies to applications under this section.
 
Request by Secretary of State.     30. On receipt of a request made by the Secretary of State, the Commission shall send a copy of the register, or any parts of it specified in the request, to-
 
 
    (a) the Secretary of State; or
 
    (b) any other person so specified.
 
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