78 Criteria for allocating money to party

(1)

A party may only receive an allocation of the money referred to in section 74 if the party—

(a)

has provided to the Electoral Commission a notice in accordance with section 76; and

(b)

was registered on the Register of Political Parties at the time of the dissolution or expiry of Parliament.

(2)

In allocating money to a party, the Electoral Commission must have regard to—

(a)

the number of persons who voted at the immediately preceding general election for that party and for candidates belonging to that party; and

(b)

the number of persons who voted at any by-election held since the immediately preceding general election for any candidate belonging to that party; and

(c)

the number of members of Parliament who were members of that party immediately before the dissolution or expiration of Parliament; and

(d)

any relationships that exist between a party and any other party; and

(e)

any other indications of public support for that party, such as the results of public opinion polls and the number of persons who are members of that party; and

(f)

the need to provide a fair opportunity for each party to which subsection (1) applies to convey its policies to the public by the broadcasting of election programmes on television.

Compare: 1989 No 25 s 75(1), (2)

Section 78: replaced, on 21 March 2017, by section 4 of the Broadcasting (Election Programmes and Election Advertising) Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 8).