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.     28. - (1) A party may apply to be registered under this Part by sending to the Commission an application which-
 
 
    (a) complies with the requirements of Part I of Schedule 4, and
 
    (b) is accompanied by a declaration falling within subsection (2).
      (2) The declarations falling within this subsection are-
 
 
    (a) a declaration that the party-
 
      (i) intends to contest one or more relevant elections in Great Britain and one or more such elections in Northern Ireland, and
 
      (ii) is accordingly applying to be registered (as two such separate parties as are mentioned in section 23(4)) in both the Great Britain register and the Northern Ireland register;
 
    (b) a declaration that the party-
 
      (i) intends to contest one or more relevant elections (which will not be confined to one or more parish or community elections) in Great Britain only, and
 
      (ii) is accordingly applying to be registered in the Great Britain register only;
 
    (c) a declaration that the party-
 
      (i) intends to contest one or more relevant elections in Northern Ireland only, and
 
      (ii) is accordingly applying to be registered in the Northern Ireland register only;
 
    (d) a declaration that the party-
 
      (i) intends only to contest one or more parish or community elections, and
 
      (ii) is accordingly applying to be registered in the Great Britain register only.
      (3) A declaration falling within paragraph (a), (b) or (d) of subsection (2) must specify the part or parts of Great Britain in respect of which the party is applying to be registered in the Great Britain register.
 
      (4) Where a party sends an application to the Commission in accordance with subsection (1), the Commission shall grant the application unless in their opinion the party proposes a registered name which-
 
 
    (a) would either-
 
      (i) be the same as that of a party which is already registered in the register in which that party is applying to be registered, or
 
      (ii) be likely to result in electors confusing that party with a party which is already registered in respect of the relevant part of the United Kingdom,
 
    (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 26.
 
      (5) In subsection (4)(a) "already registered in respect of the relevant part of the United Kingdom" means-
 
 
    (a) in connection with registration of the applicant party in the Great Britain register, already registered in respect of any part of Great Britain in respect of which that party is applying to be registered;
 
    (b) in connection with registration of the applicant party in the Northern Ireland register, already registered in that register.
      (6) An order under subsection (4)(f) may except the use of a word or expression from the prohibition in specified circumstances.
 
      (7) If-
 
 
    (a) at any time two or more applications for registration are pending each of which would (in the absence of the other or others) fall to be granted by the Commission, but
 
    (b) the registered names proposed by the applicant parties are such that, if one of those names was already registered in pursuance of the application in question, the Commission would be required to refuse the other application or applications by virtue of subsection (4)(a),
  the Commission shall determine by reference to the history of each of the applicant parties which of them has, in the Commission's opinion, the greater or greatest claim to the name proposed by it, and shall then grant the application by that party and refuse the other application or applications.
 
      (8) 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 4; and
 
    (b) the date of registration.
      (9) Where the Commission refuse an application by a party under this section, they shall notify the party of their reasons for refusing the application.
 
      (10) In this Part "the register" means-
 
 
    (a) in relation to a party registered in the Great Britain register, the Great Britain register, and
 
    (b) in relation to a party registered in the Northern Ireland register, the Northern Ireland register.
Emblems.     29. - (1) A party's application under section 28 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 either-
 
      (i) be the same as a registered emblem of a party which is already registered in the register in which that party is applying to be registered, or
 
      (ii) be likely to be confused by voters with a registered emblem of a party which is already registered in respect of the relevant part of the United Kingdom,
 
    (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 28(4)(f).
      (3) In subsection (2)(a) "already registered in respect of the relevant part of the United Kingdom" has the meaning given by section 28(5).
 
      (4) A registered emblem shall be a black and white representation of the emblem shown in the application.
 
      (5) Where the Commission refuse a request made by a party under this section in relation to an emblem, they shall notify the party of their reasons for refusing the request.
 
Changes to the register.     30. - (1) A party may apply to the Commission to have its entry in the register altered by-
 
 
    (a) changing its registered name,
 
    (b) (if registered in the Great Britain register) changing the part or parts of Great Britain in respect of which it is registered,
 
    (c) the addition, substitution or removal of an emblem,
 
    (d) the addition or removal of a statement that a party is registered as a party with a campaigns officer, or
 
    (e) the addition of information prescribed under paragraph 6 of Schedule 4 since-
 
      (i) the time when the party applied for registration, or
 
      (ii) if a notification has been previously given under section 32 in relation to the party, the time when the last such notification was given.
      (2) Subject to subsections (3) to (6), 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 28(4) apply to the new name.
 
      (4) The Commission shall refuse an application to change the part or parts of Great Britain in respect of which a party is registered if, in their opinion, the change would be likely to result in-
 
 
    (a) such confusion in relation to the party's registered name as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of section 28(4), or
 
    (b) such confusion in relation to a registered emblem of the party as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of section 29(2).
      (5) 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 29(2) apply to the emblem.
      (6) The Commission shall refuse to substitute an emblem if in their opinion any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of section 29(2) apply to the new emblem.
 
      (7) For the purposes of subsection (3), (5) or (6)-
 
 
    (a) section 28(4)(a) and section 28(5), or
 
    (b) section 29(2)(a) and section 28(5) (as it applies by virtue of section 29(3)),
  as the case may be, shall each have effect as if the words "applying to be" were omitted.
 
      (8) Where the Commission refuse an application by a party under this section, they shall notify the party of their reasons for refusing the application.
 
      (9) Part II of Schedule 4 applies to applications under this section.
 
Notification of changes in party's officers etc.     31. - (1) If at any time any particulars in a party's entry in the register which relate to any relevant matter cease to be accurate, the person registered as treasurer of the party must give the Commission a notification under this section.
 
      (2) For the purposes of this section "relevant matter" means any of the following-
 
 
    (a) the name of any registered officer of the party;
 
    (b) the home address of any such officer;
 
    (c) the address of the party's headquarters (or, if it has no headquarters, the address to which communications to the party may be sent);
 
    (d) the name of the treasurer of any accounting unit of the party or of any officer of such a unit registered for the purposes of section 27(3);
 
    (e) the name of any accounting unit of the party;
 
    (f) the address of the headquarters of any accounting unit of the party (or, if it has no headquarters, the address to which communications to the accounting unit may be sent).
      (3) A notification under this section must specify the relevant matter in respect of which the registered particulars have ceased to be accurate, and-
 
 
    (a) if that matter is specified in subsection (2)(a) or (d)-
 
      (i) specify the name of the officer replacing the person currently registered as holder of the office in question, and
 
      (ii) (if that person is so registered as an officer of the party) include an application for the registration of the replacement officer which complies with Part III of Schedule 4; and
 
    (b) otherwise, specify accurate particulars in respect of that matter.
      (4) A notification under this section must be given to the Commission-
 
 
    (a) where subsection (1) applies by reason of the death or the termination for any other reason of the appointment of any registered officer of the party, within the period of 14 days beginning with the date of his death or the termination of his appointment;
 
    (b) where that subsection applies by reason of any other change in circumstances, within the period of 28 days beginning with the date when the change occurs.
      (5) Where the Commission receive a notification under this section, they shall cause any change required as a consequence of the notification to be made in the party's entry in the register as soon as is reasonably practicable.
 
      (6) In the case of a party with accounting units any reference to the party in subsection (2)(c) shall be read as a reference to the central organisation.
 
      (7) For the purposes of this section any particulars held by the Commission in respect of the home address of any registered officer of the party shall be taken to be particulars contained in the party's entry in the register.
 
Confirmation of registered particulars etc.     32. - (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 4 since the relevant time, or
 
    (b) so far as necessary to secure that such particulars will both be accurate and include any information so prescribed, contain one or more of the following, namely-
 
      (i) an application under section 30,
 
      (ii) a notification under section 31, or
 
      (iii) any information so prescribed.
      (3) A notification under this section must also give particulars of any change occurring in the party's constitution (within the meaning of section 26) 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.
 
      (6) For the purposes of this section any particulars held by the Commission in respect of the home address of any registered officer of the party shall be taken to be particulars contained in the party's entry in the register.
 
Party ceasing to be registered.     33. - (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 to V shall continue to apply to the party as if it were still registered.
      (5) Part IV of Schedule 4 applies to applications under this section.
 
 
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