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(1) A third party is recognised for the purposes of this Part if—
(a) the third party has given the Commission a notification under this subsection which complies with subsection (3), and
(b) that notification is for the time being in force.
(2) A third party may only give a notification under subsection (1) if the third party is—
(a) an individual resident in the United Kingdom or registered in an electoral register (as defined by section 54(8)),
(b) a registered party, or
(c) a body falling within any of paragraphs (b) and (d) to (h) of section 54(2).
(3) A notification under subsection (1) must—
(a) if given by an individual, state—
(i) his full name, and
(ii) his home address in the United Kingdom, or (if he has no such address in the United Kingdom) his home address elsewhere,
and be signed by him;
(b) if given by a registered party, state—
(i) the party's registered name,
(ii) the address of its registered headquarters, and
(iii) (in the case of a minor party) the name of the person who will be responsible for compliance on the part of the party with the provisions of Chapter II,
and be signed by the responsible officers of the party (within the meaning of section 64); and
(c) if given by a body falling within any of paragraphs (b) and (d) to (h) of section 54(2), state—
(i) all such details in respect of the body as are required by virtue of any of sub-paragraphs (4) and (6) to (10) of paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to be given in respect of such a body as the donor of a recordable donation, and
(ii) the name of the person or officer who will be responsible for compliance on the part of the body with the provisions of Chapter II,
and be signed by the body's secretary or a person who acts in a similar capacity in relation to the body.
(4) Subject to the following provisions of this section, a notification under subsection (1) (“the original notification”)—
(a) shall be in force as from the date on which it is received by the Commission, but
(b) shall, subject to subsection (5), lapse at the end of the period of three months beginning with any anniversary of that date unless the third party notifies the Commission that the third party wishes the original notification to continue in force.
(a) the original notification would apart from this subsection lapse under subsection (4)(b) at the end of any such period of three months as is mentioned in that provision, but
(b) the end of that period falls within any regulated period at the end of which a return will fall to be prepared under section 96 in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during the regulated period,
the original notification shall be treated, for all purposes connected with controlled expenditure so incurred during the regulated period, as lapsing at the end of that period instead.
(6) A notification under subsection (4)(b) (“the renewal notification”) must either—
(a) confirm that all the statements contained in the original notification, as it has effect for the time being, are accurate; or
(b) indicate that any statement contained in that notification, as it so has effect, is replaced by some other statement conforming with subsection (3).
(7) A notification under subsection (4)(b) must be received by the Commission during the period beginning one month before the relevant anniversary for the purposes of that provision and ending three months after it.
(8) A third party may, at any time after giving the original notification, give the Commission a notification (“a notification of alteration”) indicating that any statement contained in the original notification, as it has effect for the time being, is replaced by some other statement—
(a) contained in the notification of alteration, and
(b) conforming with subsection (3).
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