151 Name of political party for constituency candidates

(1)

Where a name is shown on a nomination paper, or other document on which a constituency candidate consents to his or her nomination, as the name of the constituency candidate’s political party, the Returning Officer may, if he or she considers it necessary, require the candidate to produce evidence sufficient to satisfy the Returning Officer of the candidate’s eligibility to claim that accreditation.

(2)

Subject to the concurrence of the Electoral Commission, where the Returning Officer considers that the name shown on the nomination paper or other document as the name of the constituency candidate’s political party is indecent or offensive or excessively long or likely to cause confusion to or mislead electors,—

(a)

the Returning Officer shall, after consultation with the candidate, show on the ballot paper as the name of the candidate’s political party such name as the Returning Officer and the candidate agree upon in place of that shown on the nomination paper or other document; and

(b)

if, on such consultation, the Returning Officer and the candidate cannot agree, or if consultation is not reasonably practicable, the Returning Officer shall not show any name on the ballot papers as the name of the candidate’s political party.

Compare: 1956 No 107 s 87A; 1990 No 1 s 40(1)

Section 151(2): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 76 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).