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Encyclopedia > Electoral Administration Act 2006

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 is an Act which was passed by Parliament of the United Kingdom on 11 July 2006. The Bill for the Act was amended during its passage through the House of Lords to require political parties to declare large loans; this followed the "Cash for Peerages" scandal. However, the Government was defeated by Conservative peers in the House of Lords on two occasions in connection with electoral registration. In Westminster System parliaments, an Act of Parliament is a part of the law passed by the Parliament. ... The Houses of Parliament, seen over Westminster Bridge The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories. ... July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... Cash for Peerages is the name given by some in the British media to a political scandal in the United Kingdom in 2006 concerning the connection between political donations and the award of life peerages. ... The term Her Majestys loyal opposition can mean: Her Majestys loyal opposition (Australia) Her Majestys loyal opposition (Canada) Her Majestys loyal opposition (UK) This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ...


The Bill went back to the House of Commons, where the government reversed its defeat. On return to the Lords, the government was defeated for a second time, and the Commons reversed the defeat once more. When the Bill went back before the Lords for the third time on 10 July it was finally agreed, and went on to receive Royal Assent the following day. The House of Commons is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ... // The granting of Royal Assent is the formal method by which a constitutional monarch completes the legislative process of lawmaking by formally assenting to an Act of Parliament. ...


Among its main provisions, the Act:

  • Provides a legislative framework for setting up a "Coordinated Online Record of Electors", known as "CORE", to co-ordinate electoral registration information across regions
  • Creates new criminal offences for supplying false electoral registration details or for failure to supply such details
  • Allows people to register anonymously on electoral registers if a 'safety test' is passed
  • Requires local authorities to review all polling stations, and to provide a report on the reviews to the Electoral Commission
  • Provides for the making of signature and date of birth checks on postal vote applications
  • Revises the law on "undue influence"
  • Allows overseas observers to monitor British elections
  • Reduces the age of candidacy for public elections from 21 to 18
  • Allows for alterations to ballot paper designs, including the introduction of barcodes and pilot schemes for the introduction of photographs on ballot papers
  • Allows citizens of the Republic of Ireland and certain Commonwealth residents the right to stand in elections
  • Changes rules on how elections are run in the event of the death of a candidate, following the events in South Staffordshire at the 2005 General Election
  • Provides for the entitlement of children to accompany parents and carers into polling stations
  • Bars candidates from using in their name or description expressions such as "Don't vote for them" or "None of the above"
  • Bars candidates from standing in more than one constituency at the same election
  • Allows political parties up to 12 separate descriptions to be used on ballot papers, and allows joint candidature
  • Requires local authorities to promote and encourage electoral registration and voting

The Electoral Commission is an independent body with powers in the United Kingdom, which was created by an Act of Parliament, the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. ... Age of candidacy is the minimum age at which a person can legally qualify to hold certain elected government offices. ... The Commonwealth of Nations (CN), usually known as the Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states, the majority of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom. ... South Staffordshire is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... The United Kingdom general election of 2005 was held on Thursday, 5 May 2005. ... This is a list of political parties in the United Kingdom. ...

See also

In the United Kingdom, the Coordinated Online Register of Electors (CORE) is a central database which Government have proposed as a replacement for existing electoral registers. ...

External links

  • OPSI: Electoral Adminstration Act 2006
  • Department for Constitutional Affairs - Legislation - Electoral administration bill
  • Article about the Act from the Electoral Reform Wikicity

 
 

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