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Amendments to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill


AMENDMENT
TO BE MOVED
ON THIRD READING


 

Clause 11

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

Leave out Clause 11 and insert the following new Clause—
  "Legal challenge
(1)  A court shall only consider proceedings for questioning—
(a)  the number of ballot papers or votes cast in a referendum held in pursuance of an order under section 1 as certified by the Chief Counting Officer for the referendum or by a counting officer, or
(b)  the number of ballot papers or votes cast in a referendum held in pursuance of an order under subsection (2) of section 2 as certified by a person appointed for the purpose in pursuance of an order under subsection (9) of that section, if—
(i)  the proceedings are brought in accordance with this section, and
(ii)  a claim if filed within six weeks from the date on which a certificate in relation to subsection (1)(a) or (b) is issued by the Chief Accounting Officer, counting officer or other person mentioned in subsection (1)(b).
(2)  If there is more than one such certificate for a referendum, the date on which the last certificate is issued should apply."

 
 
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