Local Government Reform Act 2014

28.

Elections to local authorities in 2014

28. (1) For the purpose of holding in 2014 elections of members of local authorities—

(a) the local government areas provided for by section 10 of, and Schedule 5 to, the Principal Act shall have effect as amended by section 12 ,

(b) the amendments by section 14 to section 11 of the Principal Act shall have effect,

(c) the numbers of members of local authorities provided for in section 21 of, and Schedule 7 to, the Principal Act shall have effect as amended by section 15 ,

(d) the amendments by section 20(1) to section 23 of the Principal Act shall have effect,

(e) such other amendments by this Act to the Principal Act as are necessary to enable the holding of local elections shall have effect, including amendments to section 2 of the Principal Act,

(f) the Electoral Acts 1992 to 2014, the Local Elections Acts 1974 to 2012 and the Local Elections Regulations 1995 ( S.I. No. 297 of 1995) shall have effect as amended by section 5(4) and Part 2 of Schedule 2, and

(g) Schedule 6 to the Principal Act shall not have effect.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (1) and for the purpose of holding elections to local authorities after 2014, regulations and orders may be made by the Minister under the appropriate provisions of the Local Government Acts 1925 to 2014 having regard to paragraphs (a) to (f) of subsection (1).

(3) For the purposes of the local elections held in 2014, the definition of “ordinary day of retirement” in section 17(1) of the Principal Act shall be read—

(a) in the case of every local authority (including a local authority that is being dissolved under section 17 )—

(i) as if the reference in that definition to the seventh day after the polling day at the election of the incoming members of the local authority were a reference to the 2014 establishment day, and

(ii) as if the reference to the seventh day after the date provided for the purposes of paragraph (b) of that definition were a reference to the 2014 establishment day or the seventh day after the day on which the poll is completed or the fresh poll held, whichever is the later,

and

(b) in the case of a local authority that is being dissolved under section 24 , as if that definition referred to the transfer date and to no other day referred to in that definition.

(4) Nothing in section 26 of the Principal Act shall be read as enabling the holding of an election for members of—

(a) a town council, or

(b) a local authority that is to be dissolved on the 2014 establishment day,

but this subsection is without prejudice to filling, in accordance with section 19 of the Principal Act, a casual vacancy that occurs before the transfer date or the 2014 establishment day, as appropriate.

(5) This section has effect upon the passing of this Act.