99A Pre-election report

(1)

The chief executive of a local authority must prepare a pre-election report containing the information required by clause 36 of Schedule 10.

(2)

However, the chief executive of a local authority that has an ordinarily resident population of fewer than 20 000 people need not comply with clause 36(1)(a) and (2) of Schedule 10 for the financial year ending in the same year as the election.

(3)

Instead of complying with clause 36(1)(a) and (2) of Schedule 10, the chief executive of the local authority referred to in subsection (2) may include in a pre-election report the information set out in clause 37 of Schedule 10.

(4)

The purpose of a pre-election report is to provide information to promote public discussion about the issues facing the local authority.

(5)

A pre-election report must be completed and published no later than the day that is 2 weeks before the nomination day for a triennial general election of members of a local authority under the Local Electoral Act 2001.

(6)

A pre-election report must not contain a statement by, or a photograph of, an elected member of the local authority.

Section 99A: inserted, on 1 July 2011, by section 17 of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 124).