New Legislation – relating to postal vote handling and secrecy, including consequential amendments to The Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) Regulations 2012 (12/12/2023) …

The following 1 new Statutory Instrument (SI) came into force on 12/12/2023:

New Legislation:

  • December 2023: SI 2023 No. 1225 - The Representation of the People (Postal Vote Handling and Secrecy) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (pdf) (link).

Notes:

  • Regulation 9 and Schedule 7 of the above SI 2023 No. 1225 make consequential amendments to the following SI:
    - The Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) Regulations 2012.
  • The "Explanatory Note" (link) at the end of the above SI 2023 No. 1225 includes the following information:
    - "These Regulations [SI 2023 No. 1225] make amendments to subordinate legislation in consequence of provisions contained in the Elections Act 2022 (c. 37) ("the Act"). The amendments made by these Regulations [SI 2023 No. 1225] complement provisions in the Act relating to the handling of postal voting documents by political campaigners (section 4); handing in postal voting documents (section 5); the requirements relating to secrecy (section 7); and the simple majority system to be used in elections for certain offices (section 13).".
    - "Regulations 6, 7 and 9 [of SI 2023 No. 1225] amend the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/323), the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (Council Tax Increases) (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/444), and the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/2031), respectively. Regulations 6, 7 and 9 [of SI 2023 No. 1225] make consequential amendments to those statutory instruments in relation to the new procedures for the handing in of postal voting documents at polling stations and to the counting officer in England, specifically in relation to local referendums. The amendments made by those regulations also ensure that new restrictions relating to the handling of postal voting documents by political campaigners provided for by the Act will apply in relation to the handling of postal voting documents at local referendums in England. Finally, the amendments also ensure that new requirements relating to secrecy for postal and proxy votes provided for by the Act will apply to postal and proxy voting at local referendums in England.".
  • Note: Regulation 9 and Schedule 7 of the above SI 2023 No. 1225 came into force "on the 22nd day after the date on which [these Regulations] are made". In other words, regulation 9 and Schedule 7 of the above SI 2023 No. 1225 came into force on 12/12/2023.

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