Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill Equality Impact Assessment – Results

This Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) outlines the impacts of the Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill on the groups in Scotland who have protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Equality Impact Assessment – Results

Title of Policy: Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill

Summary of aims and desired outcomes of Policy:

The aims of the Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill are to make a number of improvements to the law affecting Scottish Parliament and Scottish local government elections. It will amend Scottish electoral law to confer candidacy rights at Scottish Parliament and local government elections to foreign nationals with limited leave to remain, set out new rules governing candidates, seek to discourage intimidation of campaigners, candidates, elected representatives, and electoral workers, facilitate improvements for voters, provide for emergency re-scheduling of elections, and reform arrangements for several electoral organisations.

By expanding democratic engagement and accountability, the Bill will contribute to the achievement of the Scottish Government's National Performance Framework Outcomes on communities (we live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe), and human rights (we respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination.) We demonstrate our commitment to these principles through the way we behave with and treat each other, in the rights, freedoms and protections we provide, and in the democratic, institutional and legal frameworks through which we exercise power).

Constitution: Elections & Constitutional Projects Division: Elections



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