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New Clause 20 — Combination of polls

Part of Speaker's Statement – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 25th October 2010.

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'(1) Where the date of the poll for one or more of the following is the same as the date of the poll for the referendum, the polls are to be taken together-

(a) a local authority election in England;

(b) a local referendum in England;

(c) a mayoral election in England.

(2) The polls for the referendum and the Welsh Assembly general election in 2011 are to be taken together.

(3) The polls for the referendum and the Scottish parliamentary general election in 2011 are to be taken together.

(4) Where the date of the poll for one or more of the following is the same as the date of the poll for the referendum, the polls are to be taken together-

(a) a Northern Ireland Assembly Election;

(b) a Northern Ireland local election.

(5) The following have effect-

Schedule [Combination of polls: England], in relation to the polls to be taken together in England under subsection (1);

Schedule [Combination of polls: Wales], in relation to the polls to be taken together in Wales under subsection (2);

Schedule [Combination of polls: Scotland], in relation to the polls to be taken together in Scotland under subsection (3);

Schedule [Combination of polls: Northern Ireland], in relation to the polls to be taken together in Northern Ireland under subsection (4).

(6) Polls taken together under this section must not be taken together with any other polls (despite provision in any enactment to the contrary).

(7) Section 16 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (postponement of poll at parish elections etc) does not apply to any polls taken together under subsection (1).

(8) In this section-

"local authority election in England" means the election of a councillor of any of the following- a county council in England; a district council in England; a London borough council; a parish council;

(a) a county council in England;(b) a district council in England;(c) a London borough council;(d) a parish council;

"local referendum in England" means a referendum held in England under Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000;

"mayoral election in England" means an election in England for the return of an elected mayor as defined by section 39(1) of the Local Government Act 2000;

"Northern Ireland Assembly election" means an election to the Northern Ireland Assembly;

"Northern Ireland local election" means a local election as defined by section 130(1) of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962;

"Scottish parliamentary general election" means an ordinary election under section 2 of the Scotland Act 1998;

"Welsh Assembly general election" means an ordinary election under section 3 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.'.- (Mr Harper.)

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