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Library Community Right to Buy (Ballot) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (S.S.I. No. 228 of 2004).

Community Right to Buy (Ballot) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (S.S.I. No. 228 of 2004).

Community Right to Buy (Ballot) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (S.S.I. No. 228 of 2004).

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These Regulations set out the requirements on a community body which is holding a ballot under section 52 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 on the question of whether to proceed with a land purchase. Regulation 2 provides that there be a secret ballot and that it should be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Under regulation 3 the community body is required to ascertain from the voters roll who is eligible to vote in the ballot. Regulations 4 and 5 give the community body the option of holding an ordinary ballot or a postal ballot, and regulation 6 permits proxy votes in certain circumstances. Regulation 7 requires the community body to publish the result of the ballot in a newspaper circulating in the vicinity, and also to notify Scottish Ministers of the result and the other information specified in the form set out in the Schedule to the Regulations. Scottish Ministers are also empowered to call for additional information pertaining to the ballot from the community body. Regulation 8 requires the retention by the community body of the ballot papers; where a postal ballot has been held, evidence of the sending of the ballot papers; and any proxy authorizations and notifications of intention to use a proxy, for a period of 2 years. That Regulation also permits Scottish Ministers and specified persons to inspect the documents retained.

Implements: Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (2003 asp 2). (2003-02-25)

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