Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 81
The Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Amendment) Rules 2001
(The document as of February, 2008. Arhiv.Online Library)
2001 No. 81
REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE
The Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Amendment) Rules 2001
The Secretary of State in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 36(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 hereby makes the following Rules:
1. - (1) These Rules may be cited as the Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Amendment) Rules 2001.
(2) These Rules shall come into force on 16th February 2001 except for the purposes of any election where the last day for the publication of the notice of election in respect of that election precedes that date.
(3) Rule 5(3) of the Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Amendment) Rules 1998 is hereby revoked.
(4) These Rules do not extend to Scotland or Northern Ireland.
2.The rules in Schedule 2 to the Local Elections (Principal Areas) Rules 1986 shall be amended as follows.
3.For rule 4(3) (nomination of candidates) substitute:
(b) the word "Independent".".
4. - (1) Rule 4A (nomination papers: name of registered political party) is amended as follows.
(b) a registered political party is a qualifying party in relation to an electoral area if the electoral area is in England or Wales and the party was at the relevant time registered in respect of that part of Great Britain in the Great Britain register maintained under that Part of that Act.".
5.For rule 5(7) (subscription of nomination paper) substitute:
(b) includes a person then shown in the register as below voting age if (but only if) it appears from the register that he will be of voting age on the day fixed for the poll.".
6.In rule 17(1)(a) (use of schools and public rooms) omit ", a grant-maintained school".
8. - (1) Rule 23 (equipment of polling stations) is amended as follows.
(b) a device of such description as is set out in paragraphs (6) to (11) below for enabling voters who are blind or partially sighted to vote without any need for assistance from the presiding officer or any companion (within the meaning of rule 33(1)).".
(3) After paragraph (5) insert:
(7) On the right-hand side of the device there shall be tabs of equal size which satisfy the conditions in paragraphs (8) to (11) below.
(8) The tabs shall be capable of being positioned on the ballot paper so that each one is above one of the spaces to the right of the particulars of the candidates on which the vote is to be marked ("the relevant space").
(9) Each tab shall be numbered so that, when the device is positioned over a ballot paper, the number of each tab corresponds to that of the candidate whose particulars are to the left of the relevant space covered by the tab in question.
(10) Each number on the tab shall be in raised form so that it can be clearly identified by touch.
(11) Each tab shall be capable of being lifted so as to reveal the relevant space and so that there is sufficient room to allow a voter to mark a cross on that space.".
9.In rule 26(1)(e) (admission to polling station) for "blind voters" substitute "voters with disabilities".
33. - (1) If a voter makes an application to the presiding officer to be allowed, on the ground of -
(b) inability to read,
to vote with the assistance of another person by whom he is accompanied (in these rules referred to as "the companion"), the presiding officer shall require the voter to declare, orally or in writing, whether he is so incapacitated by his blindness or other incapacity, or by his inability to read, as to be unable to vote without assistance.
(b) is also satisfied by a written declaration made by the companion (in these rules referred to as "the declaration made by the companion of a voter with disabilities") that the companion -
(ii) has not previously assisted more than one voter with disabilities to vote at the election,
the presiding officer shall grant the application, and then anything which is by these rules required to be done to, or by that voter in connection with the giving of his vote may be done to, or with the assistance of, the companion.
(3) For the purposes of these rules, a person is a voter with disabilities if he has made such a declaration as is mentioned in paragraph (1) above, and a person shall be qualified to assist a voter with disabilities to vote if that person -
(b) is the father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son or daughter of the voter and has attained the age of 18 years.
(4) The name and number in the register of electors of every voter whose vote is given in accordance with this rule and the name and address of the companion shall be entered on a list (in these rules referred to as "the list of voters with disabilities assisted by companions").
(b) shall be made before the presiding officer at the time when the voter applies to vote with the assistance of a companion and shall forthwith be given to the presiding officer who shall attest and retain it.
(6) No fee or other payment shall be charged in respect of the declaration.".
11.In rule 37(1)(f) (procedure on close of poll) for "blind voters" (wherever occurring) substitute "voters with disabilities".
(b) the declaration of identity, duly signed and authenticated, is also returned in the manner set out in paragraph (3A) below and reaches him or such a polling station before that time.
(3A) The manner in which any postal ballot paper or declaration of identity may be returned -
(b) to a polling station, is by hand.".
13.In rule 46(1)(c) (delivery of documents) for "blind voters" (wherever occurring) substitute "voters with disabilities".
(b) in note 5, omit "or electors lists".
15.In that Appendix, in the form of declaration to be made by the companion of a blind voter -
(b) after the note at the end of the form (which shall become note 1), insert -
(This note is not part of the Rules)
These Rules amend the Local Elections (Principal Areas) Rules 1986. Those Rules apply in England to elections to a county, district or London borough council and in Wales to elections to a county or county borough council.
Rules 3 and 4 make amendments equivalent to those made in respect of parliamentary elections by section 38 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
Rules 5 and 14 make amendments to the local elections rules equivalent to those made to the parliamentary elections rules (in Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983) by paragraph 23 of Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 2000 (c. 2; "the 2000 Act"). Rules 7 and 12 make amendments equivalent to those made by paragraph 10(3) and (4) of Schedule 6 to the 2000 Act.
Rules 8 to 11 and 13 and 15 make changes to the local elections rules equivalent to those made to the parliamentary elections rules by section 13 of the 2000 Act.
Rule 6 reflects the repeal of the equivalent words in the parliamentary elections rules by Schedule 31 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c. 31).
 1983 c. 2.back
 S.I. 1998/578.back
 S.I. 1986/2214.back
 Rule 4A was inserted by S.I. 1999/394.back
 2000 c. 41.back
 The words now omitted were inserted by S.I. 1998/578.back
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