The Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2011

Publication Date:January 01, 2011
 
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2011No. 399

REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE

The Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2011

10thNovember2011

The Scottish Ministers make the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 3, 3A and 16 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004( 1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.

In accordance with section 16(5) of that Act( 2), a draft of the Order has been laid before and approved by resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

Citation, commencement and extent

1.-(1) This Order may be cited as the Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2011 and comes into force on 10th November 2011 except for the purposes of any election to be held on or before 2nd May 2012.

(2) This Order extends to Scotland only.

Interpretation

2. In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires-

"1983 Act" means the Representation of the People Act 1983( 3);

"absent voter" means an elector who is entitled to vote by proxy or an elector or proxy who is entitled to vote by post;

"anonymous elector" means an elector with an anonymous entry in the register of electors;

"anonymous entry" in relation to the register of electors shall be construed in accordance with section 9B of the 1983 Act and "the record of anonymous entries" means the record prepared in pursuance of regulations made by virtue of paragraph 8A of Schedule 2 to the 1983 Act;

"ballot paper account" has the meaning given in rule 40(3);

"by-election" means an election to fill a casual vacancy in the office of a councillor in accordance with section 37 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973( 4);

"companion" has the meaning given in rule 35(1);

"completed corresponding number list" has the meaning given in rule 40(1)(e);

"continuing candidate" means any candidate not deemed to be elected as a councillor and not excluded from the list of candidates under rule 51;

"corresponding number list" means the list prepared in accordance with rule 15;

"council" means a council constituted by section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994( 5);

"count" means all the operations involved in counting and crediting votes, including the ascertainment of the quota, the transfer of ballot papers and the exclusion of candidates;

"election" means an election under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 and, for the purposes of articles 1(1) and 6(2), an election under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994;

"election court" means the court constituted under the 1983 Act for the trial of a petition questioning an election;

"election petition" means a petition presented in pursuance of Part III of the 1983 Act as that Act is applied by this Order;

"elector" means a person who is registered in the register (or, in the case of a person who has an anonymous entry in the register, in the record of anonymous entries) to be used at the election as a local government elector for the local government area in which the election is held and includes a person shown in the register as below voting age if (but only if) it appears from the register that such person will be of voting age on the day fixed for the poll;

"electoral registration officer" has the same meaning as in the 1983 Act;

"electronic counting system" means such computer hardware and software, other equipment, data and services as may be necessary in order to-

(a) maintain a list of the areas in relation to which an election is being held by reference to ward barcodes on ballot papers issued to voters in relation to that area;

(b) read electronically the votes marked and the unique identifying number on each ballot paper returned;

(c) calculate the number of votes cast for each candidate at the election otherwise than on any spoilt, tendered or rejected ballot paper; and

(d) ensure the retention of a record of the votes given for each candidate, without identifying the elector by whom, or on whose behalf, the votes were cast;

"list of proxies" has the meaning given by paragraph 5(3) of Schedule 4 to the Representation of the People Act 2000( 6);

"local authority" means a council constituted by section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994;

"local government area" is to be construed in accordance with section 1 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994;

"next available preference" means a preference which is the second or, as the case may be, subsequent preference in consecutive order for a continuing candidate (any preferences for any candidate who is deemed to be elected or is excluded from the list of candidates under rule 51 being ignored);

"non-transferable paper" means a ballot paper on which there is no next available preference;

"postal voters list" means the list of persons kept in pursuance of paragraph 5(2) (persons whose applications to vote by post have been granted) of Schedule 4 to the Representation of the People Act 2000( 7);

"presiding officer" has the meaning given in rule 23(1) and (2);

"proper officer" has the same meaning as in section 235(3) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973( 8);

"proxy postal voters list" means the list of persons kept in pursuance of paragraph 7(8) (persons whose applications to vote by post as proxy have been granted) of Schedule 4 to the Representation of the People Act 2000;

"qualifying address" in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, is the address in respect of which that person is entitled to be so registered;

"quota" has the meaning given in rule 47;

"register of electors" means the register of local government electors maintained under section 9(1)(b) of the 1983 Act;

"registered political party" means a party registered under Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000( 9);

"returning officer" means, in relation to an election, the returning officer appointed for the election under section 41(1) (duty of local authority to appoint returning officer for each local authority election) of the 1983 Act;

"spoilt ballot paper" has the meaning given in rule 37;

"stage of the count" means-

(a) the determination of the number of votes for each candidate as first preference;

(b) the transfer of transferable papers from a candidate deemed to be elected who has a surplus; or

(c) the exclusion of a candidate at any given time;

"surplus" means the number of votes, if any, by which the total number of votes credited to a candidate deemed to be elected as a councillor exceeds the quota;

"tendered ballot paper" has the meaning given in rule 36(5);

"tendered votes list" has the meaning given in rule 36(7);

"transfer value" means the value of a vote on a ballot paper calculated in accordance with rule 49;

"transferable paper" means a ballot paper on which a next available preference is given;

"unique identifying mark" means the mark (for example, a bar code, letter, number or numerical sequence) on a ballot paper which is unique to that ballot paper and which identifies that ballot paper as a ballot paper to be issued by the returning officer; and

"voter" means a person voting at an election and includes a person voting as proxy and "vote" (whether noun or verb) shall be construed accordingly and any reference to an elector voting or an elector's vote shall include a reference to an elector voting by proxy or an elector's vote given by proxy.

(2) References in this Order to "rules" are references to the rules set out in Schedule 1 to this Order.

(3) Any reference in this Order to a numbered article, rule or Schedule is a reference to the article, rule or Schedule, as the case may be, bearing that number in this Order and a reference to a numbered paragraph or sub-paragraph is a reference to the paragraph or sub-paragraph having that number in the article, rule or paragraph in which the reference appears.

(4) A reference to a numbered Form is a reference to the form bearing that number as set out in Part VII of Schedule 1 or, as the case may be, a form substituted for any such form in accordance with article 3(2) and Schedules 2, 3 and 4.

(5) Where the timetable in rule 1(1) is modified in accordance with paragraphs (2) or (3) of rule 1 or a direction made under section 45 of the 1983( 10) Act, references to the "timetable in rule 1" are references to that timetable as so modified.

Local government elections rules

3.-(1) Subject to paragraph (2), elections of councillors for local government areas shall be conducted in accordance with the local government elections rules set out in Schedule 1.

(2) In the application of the local government elections rules set out in Schedule 1 to any election where the poll is taken together with the poll at another election under section 15(1) or (2) of the Representation of the People Act 1985( 11) the modifications set out in Schedules 2, 3 and 4 apply.

(3) It is the returning officer's general duty to do all such acts and things as may be necessary for effectually conducting the election in the manner provided by these rules.

(4) It is the duty of any returning officer to whom a direction is given under section 5 of the Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Act 2011( 12) to discharge his or her functions in accordance with that direction.

Application of Part III of the Representation of the People Act 1983

4. Part III( 13) of the 1983 Act applies to elections of councillors for local government areas with exception of the following provisions-

(a) sections 120 to 126;

(b) section 128(3)(a) and (4);

(c) sections 130 to 133;

(d) sections 135 and 135A;

(e) section 144; and

(f) section 145A.

Amendments

5.-(1) In regulation 15C of the Representation of the People (Absent Voting at Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2007( 14) (provision of information on removal of absent vote entitlement) for "Rule 21 of Schedule 1 to the Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007" substitute "rule 22 of Schedule 1 to the Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2011".

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