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(1) Regulations may make provision as to the conduct of elections for membership of the board of governors of an NHS foundation trust.
(2) The regulations may in particular provide for—
(a) nomination of candidates and obligations to declare their interests,
(b) systems and methods of voting, and the allocation of places on the board of governors, at contested elections,
(c) filling of vacancies,
(d) supervision of elections,
(e) election expenses and publicity,
(f) questioning of elections and the consequences of irregularities.
(3) Regulations under this section may create offences punishable on summary conviction with a maximum fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.
(4) An NHS foundation trust must secure that its constitution is in accordance with regulations under this section.
(5) Pending the coming into force of regulations under this section, elections for membership of the board of governors of an NHS foundation trust, if contested, must be by secret ballot.
Royal Assent (in so far as this section confers the power to make an order or regulations): 20 November 2003: see s 199(4).
To be appointed (for remaining purposes, on such day as the appropriate authority may by order appoint): see s 199(1)–(3).