Law On General Elections, County And Municipal Councils (Election Law)

Original Language Title: Lov om valg til Stortinget, fylkesting og kommunestyrer (valgloven)

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Law on general elections, county and municipal councils (election law)


Date LOV-2002-06-28-57


Ministry Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development

Edited

LOV-2016-06-17-59, LOV-2016-06-17-62


Published in 2002 Booklet 6


Commencement 01.09.2002

Changes
LOV-1985-03-01-3

Promulgated


Short Title
Election Act - valgl.

Chapter Overview:

Chapter 1. Purpose and scope (§§ 1-1 - 1-2)
Chapter 2. vote and electoral register (§§ 2-1 - 2-9)
Chapter 3. Eligibility. Obligation to accept election (§§ 3-1 - 3-4)
Chapter 4. Electoral bodies (§§ 4-1 - 4-4)
Chapter 5. Registration of political parties
Chapter 6 . Requirements for and treatment of the list proposals (§§ 6-1 - 6-9)
Chapter 7. Ballots. Electors' right to change the ballot (§§ 7-1 - 7-3)
Chapter 8. Voting in advance (§§ 8-1 - 8-6)
Chapter 9. The timing of elections. Voting on election day (§§ 9-1 - 9-10)
Chapter 10. Validation of the ballots and ballot papers, counting record etc. (§§ 10-1 - 10-10)
Chapter 11. Distribution of seats and candidate pageant (§§ 11-1 - 11-13)
Chapter 12. Majority Election to the municipal council (§§ 12.1 - 12.3)
Chapter 13. validity of elections. Complaint (§§ 13-1 - 13-5)
Chapter 14. New election result for the period. By-election (§§ 14.1 - 14.2)
Chapter 15. Miscellaneous provisions (§§ 15-1 - 15-11)
Chapter 16. Commencement and transitional rules. Amendments to other laws (§§ 16.1 - 16.3)

Act title amended by Act 20 June 2003 no. 46 (ikr. July 1, 2003 acc. Res. 20 June 2003 no. 715). - Ref. Act 12 June 1987 no. 56 Sec. 2 (election to the Sami Parliament). - Cf. Previous Act June 24, 1828 with bylaws July 1, 1884, June 30, 1888 and July 23, 1894, Law 14 January 1837 §§ 2-8 with bylaws July 27, 1896, April 11, 1900, May 29, 1901, April 21, 1902, 17 May 1904, June 7, 1910, July 11, 1919 and June 9, 1922, law 14 February 1900 with Appendix March 10, 1903, law 29 March 1906 no. 1 with bylaws May 1, 1909 and February 27, 1912, law 7 April 1906 no. 1 with bylaws June 14, 1912, April 29, June 18 and July 30, 1915 and May 14, 1918, law June 2, 1906 No.. 1 with bylaws May 1, 1909 and February 27, 1912, promising 17 Dec 1920 no. 1, 17 Dec 1920 No.. 2 , July 10, 1925 Nos. 6, March 1, 1985 no. 3.

Chapter 1. Purpose and scope

§ 1-1. Purpose of the Act The purpose of the Act is to create conditions so that citizens in free and direct and secret suffrage should be able to elect their representatives to Parliament, county and municipal councils.

§ 1-2. Scope
(1) This Act applies to

A)
election of representatives to Parliament,

B)
electing representatives to county and

C)
electing representatives to municipal councils.

(2) stated in the relevant chapter or the individual provision which scope rules have.

Chapter 2. vote and electoral register

§ 2-1. Voting in parliamentary elections
(1) vote in parliamentary elections, Norwegian citizens who meet the following conditions:

A)
who will have turned 18 by the end of the election year,

B)
he has not been disenfranchised by the Constitution § 53 and

C)
person is, or has ever been, Population Register as resident in Norway.

(2) Employees in the diplomatic or consular service and their households are entitled to vote, regardless of the condition in subparagraph c.

(3) In order to exercise their voting electors must be registered in the electoral roll of a municipality on election day.

§ 2-2. Vote in local government elections
(1) vote in local government elections have the right to vote in parliamentary elections under § 2-1.

(2) In addition, people who are not Norwegian nationals but who otherwise satisfy the conditions of § 2-1 vote if they

A)
has been registered at the Population Registry as resident in Norway for the last three years prior to election day, or

B)
is a citizen of another Nordic country and has been Population Registry as being resident in Norway no later than 30 June of the election year.

(3) In order to exercise their voting electors must be registered in the electoral roll of a municipality on election day.

§ 2-3. Responsibility for creating and updating the electoral. Distribution of polling cards
(1) The Ministry is responsible for the census created and updated on the basis of data from the National Population Register. The Ministry ensures that all municipalities receive a census of persons entitled to vote in the municipality. There shall be a common electoral roll for local government elections.

(2) Last update of the electoral roll on the basis of data from the National Population Register takes place on Saturday before election day.


(3) The Ministry shall ensure that it is sent out polling cards to all eligible voters who are registered in the electoral roll in the municipality and who have a residential address domestic, except on Svalbard and Jan Mayen.

§ 2-4. In which municipal electors shall be registered
(1) Voting being registered address in Norway, shall be entered on the electoral register in the municipality where they were folkeregister as resident on 30 June of the election year.

(2) Voting on Svalbard and Jan Mayen shall be registered as electors in the municipality where they were last Population Registry as being resident.

(3) Voting residing outside Norway, shall be entered on the electoral register in the municipality where they were last Population Registry as being resident. Persons living abroad who have not been Population Registry as being resident in Norway some time during the last 10 years prior to election day, must still apply the Electoral Committee to be introduced in the census. The application must include an assurance that the person concerned is still a Norwegian citizen.

(4) Persons living abroad who are employed in the diplomatic or consular service and their households, shall be registered as electors in the municipality where they were last registered as a resident. Census movement operates independently of your travel abroad length. If they have not ever been Population Registry as being resident in Norway, they will be registered as electors in Oslo.

§ 2-5. Population Registry Authority
(1) The National Population Register is obliged of its own motion, notwithstanding the statutory duty of confidentiality, as appropriate to make available to the electoral authorities

A)
a provisional register based on voting conditions as of 2 January of the election year, to use for preparation of elections, and

B)
information about who will be on the electoral register in the municipality on 30 June.

(2) Population Registry Authority shall transmit updates to the preliminary census and updates to the census of June 30 to the Ministry.

§ 2-6. Of the electoral register for public inspection
(1) The Electoral Committee shall make the electoral register available for public inspection as soon as possible. The census should be looking even Election Day.

(2) The Electoral Committee announces the time and place of execution and also provides information about the possibility and the procedure for any errors corrected.

§ 2-7. Demands for correction. Introduction of voting residing abroad
(1) Any person who believes that he or she or any other person has been erroneously or omitted from the electoral register in the municipality may require that the error corrected.

(2) The request shall be in writing and reasoned, and sent electoral committee of the municipality.

(3) The Electoral Committee shall ensure that a voter who is resident abroad and who has not been Population Registry as being resident in Norway some time during the last ten years prior to election day, be entered in the electoral register in the municipality unless the competent applying for introduction within kl. 17 days after election day.

§ 2-8. Information about changes in the register Electoral Committee shall promptly notify the affected updates the electoral register that is made on the basis of an application for inclusion, a demand for correction or that the electoral committee has become aware of errors.

§ 2-9. Regulations The Ministry may issue regulations about

A)
census transmission, processing and updating of the preliminary census and electoral register as of 30 June, as well as the exclusion of the electoral roll for testing purposes,

B)
access to and use of census copies

C)
production, design, distribution and use of polling cards, including the Electoral duties in connection with the production and mailing.

Chapter 3. Eligibility. Obligation to accept election

§ 3-1. Eligibility for general elections
(1) Eligible to the Storting and bound to accept election is anyone entitled to vote at the election and who is not disqualified or excused.

(2) excluded from election to parliament is

A)
staff in ministries with the exception of ministers, state secretaries and political advisers,

B)
judges of the Supreme Court and

C)
employees of the diplomatic or consular service.

(3) If a person shall be disqualified from election to the Parliament depends on whether he holds office on Election Day.

§ 3-2. The right to claim exemption from parliamentary
(1) The right to claim exemption from election to Parliament has

A)
whoever is entitled to vote in another constituency than the one where they put up a candidate on a list proposal,

B)
whoever has met as a representative of all parliament after the previous election, and

C)
who has been placed as a candidate on a list proposal that is put forward by someone other than a registered political party concerned is a member.

(2) Candidates who are placed on a list proposal must apply for exemption by the deadline Electoral Committee, or forfeit the right to be deleted by the proposed list.


(3) An elected representative or alternate who is not bound to accept election must send written notification of the election is accepted or not, within three days after receiving notification of election from the County Electoral. Otherwise election is deemed received.

§ 3-3. Eligibility at local government elections
(1) Eligible to the county council and bound to accept election is any person who is entitled to vote at the election and who is listed in the National Register as a resident of one of the municipalities in the county on election day, and who is not disqualified or exempted.

(2) Eligible to the council and bound to accept election is anyone entitled to vote at elections and as listed in the Population Registry as resident in the municipality on election day, and that are not excluded or exempted.

(3) excluded from election to county council or council are:

A)
county governor and deputy county governor and

B)
whoever in the local authority is

-
Administration or his deputy,

-
Manager branch of the administration; this does not apply to managers of isolated activities,

-
Secretary of municipal or county council,

-
Responsible for the accounts,

-
Whoever performs audits for the local authority.

(4) In the counties or municipalities that have parliamentary form of government, are employees of the Secretariat of the Council who have received authority delegated by the Council, not selectable.

(5) If a person shall be disqualified from election depends on whether he holds the position when the county council or council commences its functions.

§ 3-4. The right to claim exemption from local government elections
(1) The right to claim exemption from election to county and municipal've whoever submits a written declaration that he does not wish to stand for election on the current selection list.

(2) The declaration mentioned in paragraph. 1 must be put forward within the deadline County Electoral Committee or the Electoral Committee, or forfeit the right to be deleted from the proposed list.

(3) Any person who fails to demand exemption from appearing on a list, you can not refuse to accept election.

Chapter 4. Electoral bodies

§ 4-1. Electoral Each municipality shall have an election committee elected by the council itself.

§ 4-2. Polling committees Takes voting in several locations in the municipality, a polling committee with at least three members shall administer the voting at each location. The municipal council may delegate the appointment of polling committees to the Electoral.

§ 4-3. County Election Board in each county shall be the parliamentary elections and county be a county electoral board elected by the county council itself.

§ 4-4. The National Electoral Committee
(1) In the year parliamentary elections are held, the King appoints a National Electoral Board. The National Electoral Committee shall distribute the parliamentary mandates that are seats.

(2) The National Electoral Committee shall have at least five members with deputies. The king appoints the chairman and vice chairman, and decide who will act as helpers.

(3) Meetings of the National Electoral Committee are open.

Chapter 5. Registration of political parties

Chapter 6. Requirements for and treatment of the list proposals

§ 6-1. Requirements for the list proposal
(1) The deadline for submission of candidate lists is noon. 12 on 31 March of the election year. List proposal deemed filed when it is received by the municipality to the municipal council and the county general elections and county elections. Same party or group can only set up one list in each constituency.

(2) A list proposal must meet the following conditions:

A)
It must specify which election it applies.

B)
It should have a heading indicating the party or the group who put forward the proposal. If the list proposal is put forward by a registered political party, heading shall be identical with the party's registered name. The headline must otherwise could not be confused with the name of a registered political party, registered Sami political unit or with the heading of other candidate lists in the constituency.

C)
It must specify which candidates standing for election on the list. Candidates must be joint candidates with other list proposals relating to the same election in the same constituency. The number of candidates shall meet the requirements of § 2.6. Candidates should be listed with name, surname and date of birth. Information about the candidates' occupation or residence may be applied. This will be done if it is necessary to avoid confusion of candidates on the list.

D)
list proposal must be signed by a certain number of people, cf. § 6-3.

E)

It must contain the name of a representative and an alternate among those who have signed the list proposal. These shall have the authority to negotiate with the county electoral committee or electoral changes to the list proposal. It should also be stated the name of a certain number of people among those who have signed the list proposal, which will serve as a representation committee with the authority to withdraw the list proposal.

(3) A list proposal must have attachments as mentioned in § 6-4.

(4) A list proposal shall not include other types of information to voters than those indicated in this section.

§ 6-2. Number of candidates on the list proposal
(1) In parliamentary elections a list proposal shall be completed in sequence with the names of as many candidates as there shall be representatives to the parliament of the county. The proposal may also contain up to six other names.

(2) In the local government elections a list proposal shall be filled out in sequence with a minimum of seven candidates. The proposal may contain a maximum number of candidates corresponding to the number of representatives to be elected to the county council or council, with an addition of up to six other names.

(3) At local to a certain number of candidates at the top the list proposal is given a voice as well. Candidates are given in that case an increase in their personal corresponding to 25 percent of the number of ballots cast for the list to part in the election. Depending on the number of council members to be elected, proposers may give voice to the following numbers of candidates:
11-23 members: up to 4
25-53 members: up to 6
55 members or more, up to 10 || | names of these candidates will be first on the list proposal and bold.

§ 6-3. Number of signatures on the list proposal
(1) For parties Register of Political Parties as at the previous parliamentary election polled at least 500 votes in one county or at least 5000 votes in the country, it is sufficient that the proposed list is signed by at least two of its members the party's local branch in the county or the municipality list applies. The same applies to parties that have been registered in the Register of Political after the previous parliamentary elections. The signatories must vote in the constituency. If a registered political party submits a list proposal together with an unregistered group, will apply the provisions of the second paragraph.

(2) For other proposals following rules apply:

A)
For parliamentary and county council a list proposal shall be signed by at least 500 persons entitled to vote in the county at the election.

B)
At local list proposal shall be signed by a number of persons entitled to vote in the municipality corresponding to 2 percent of the total voting population in the last municipal elections. List proposal should still at least be signed by as many persons entitled to vote in the municipality as there shall be members of the council. Signatures from 300 persons in all cases sufficient.

§ 6-4. Appendices to list proposals List proposals shall have the following attachments:

A)
A list of the candidates birthdate.

B)
A list of dates of birth and residential addresses of those who have signed the list proposal.

C)
If a candidate at a local government is not in the Population Registry as resident in the county or municipality when the proposed list submitted, there must be a declaration from the candidate that he or she will be eligible for election day.

D)
If a candidate at a local government election is not eligible because of its position, it must be accompanied by a declaration from the candidate that he or she would have resigned the position when the county council or council commences its functions.

§ 6-5. Withdrawal of the proposed list Tendered list proposal may be revoked by the committee. Notice of withdrawal must be filed no later than. 12 on 20 April of the election year.

§ 6-6. The electoral authorities' treatment of the list proposals
(1) List proposals shall be put to public scrutiny as they come in.

(2) The electoral authority will decide by June 1 of the election year proposals for electoral lists and withdrawals of list proposals may be approved.

(3) If a list proposal by submission does not satisfy the statutory requirements, the electoral authorities through negotiations with list proposal seek to bring the proposal in accordance with the law. The same applies to notice of withdrawal of the proposed list.


(4) The electoral authorities shall inform all candidates on the list proposals that are put on a list proposal and of entitlement to apply for exemptions. A signatory or any candidate who appears on more than one list proposal for the same election shall be ordered to give notice within a specified time limit of the proposal concerned will stand on. Otherwise, the person on the list proposal that was submitted first.

§ 6-7. Publication of approved electoral lists When the list proposals are approved, the electoral authorities put the official electoral lists for public inspection. Election authorities announce the headings of the approved electoral lists and provide information about where they are posted.

§ 6-8. Appeal An appeal amending Electoral or County Electoral Committee to approve or reject a list proposal must be submitted within seven days after publication of the headings of the approved electoral lists. If the complaint is justified by the sole right to the name infringed, also has a registered political party to appeal. The provisions concerning appeals in Chapter 13.

§ 6-9. Regulations The Ministry may issue regulations concerning the treatment of the list proposals.

Chapter 7. Ballots. Electors' right to change the ballot

§ 7-1. Printing of ballot
(1) In general and county, the County Election Board that it will be printed for all the approved electoral lists in the county before the start of advance voting on 10 August domestic.

(2) the municipal council the Electoral Committee that it will be printed for all the approved electoral lists in the municipality before advance voting commences on 10 August domestic.

§ 7-2. Changes on the ballot
(1) The elector can in general elections reorder the candidates are listed on the ballot paper. This is done by putting numbers on the candidate's name. The voter can also delete names of candidates by proceeding as indicated on the ballot paper.

(2) The voter can at local government elections provide candidates on the ballot one person's voice. This is done by putting a mark on the candidate's name.

(3) The voter can the municipal council also give a personal vote to candidates on other electoral lists. This is done by passing the names of these candidates on the ballot paper. Such a person's voice can be given to a number of candidates equal to a quarter of the number of members to be elected to the council. Regardless of the municipal council's size may nevertheless always be given a personal vote of at least five candidates from other lists. When elector gives a personal vote to eligible candidates on other lists, a corresponding number of list votes to the list or lists these candidates appear.

(4) Other changes on the ballot is not counted by the election result.

§ 7-3. Regulations The Ministry may issue regulations concerning the design, printing and distribution of ballot papers.

Chapter 8. Voting in advance

§ 8-1. The period for advance voting. Requirements for the number of votes
(1) Voters who wish may vote in advance from 10 August of the election year domestic and from July 1 of the election year abroad and on Svalbard and Jan Mayen.

(2) Advance voting must not take place later than the last Friday before election day domestic, including on Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and penultimate Friday before Election Day. To ensure that advance arrives on time, the Governor may determine that advance voting on Svalbard shall be terminated at an earlier date.

(3) The elector is responsible for voting in advance at a time that allows the advance vote to reach the Electoral Committee by PM. 17 days after election day.

(4) Voters who are in the realm, except on Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and who can vote at the advance voting period or on election day, can contact the municipality and vote from July 1 until the start of advance voting 10 August in an election year.

(5) For advance voting in mainland except on Svalbard and Jan Mayen shall be from August 10 to be at least two vote recipients present upon receipt of advance votes.

§ 8-2. Who may receive advance votes
(1) As officer domestic works

A)
officers appointed by the electoral committee.

B)
Governor of Svalbard. Governor may appoint other.

C)
Jan Mayen the Ministry.

(2) As the returning foreign works

A)

Foreign Service at salaried Norwegian embassy. On special authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs voting also take place at the Foreign Service at unpaid Norwegian embassy. The head can when it's required, appoint one or more officials at the mission to advance votes.

B)
officers appointed by the Ministry if voting takes places other than those stated in letter a.

(3) The candidate listed on the electoral list on municipal elections, may not be appointed to the returning officer in the municipality. Candidate listed on the electoral list for the parliamentary elections or county elections, can not be appointed to the returning officer in the municipalities in that county.

(4) If an elector who is outside the realm has no chance to go to a polling recipient, they may vote by letter mail without a returning officer is present at the voting.

§ 8-3. In which places can advance votes be received
(1) Voting shall take place in appropriate and accessible facilities. Voters should be able to take into the polling stations without assistance. Other premises shall not be used except in exceptional circumstances.

(2) In returning officer appointed by the Electoral voting takes

A)
on health and care institutions, and

B)
where the Electoral Committee otherwise determines that to receive advance votes.

(3) At polling station in Svalbard voting takes place where the Governor decides.

(4) In the Foreign Service at Norwegian embassy voting takes place at the station. The head may decide that voting stations may take place outside the area.

(5) In appointed returning officer on Jan Mayen and outside the realm voting takes place where the Ministry.

(6) Voters who are in the realm, except on Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and who, because of illness or disability can not vote under subsection may apply to the electoral vote in advance where they are staying. Electoral shall determine the deadline for submission of the application must be received by the municipality. The deadline must be set at a time within the period between Tuesday and Friday last week before the election. The deadline for applications will be announced.

§ 8-4. Procedure for voting
(1) Selects shall privately and unseen fold the ballot so that it is not visible which ballot the voter selects.

(2) An elector who is the electoral register in the municipality places the ballot in a ballot box, after it is stamped. The returning officer must tick census by the elector's name.

(3) When a power failure or loss of communication to the census should the ballot be placed in the ballot box. Once the ballot is stamped, the voter shall himself in a ballot envelope and paste this again. The returning officer places the ballot envelope together with the voting card in an emergency envelope.

(4) The Electoral Committee itself may in special cases decide that at some advance polling stations will be used ballot envelope. Once the ballot is stamped, the voter shall himself in a ballot envelope and paste this again. The returning officer places the ballot envelope together with the polling card in a cover envelope.

(5) When the vote is received from choosing which is the electoral register in another municipality, should the ballot be placed in the ballot box. Once the ballot is stamped, the voter shall himself in a ballot envelope and paste this again. The returning officer places the ballot envelope together with the polling card in a cover envelope. Covers envelope must be shipped municipality voter's register of electors in.

(6) An elector who is not known to the recipient, proof of identity. Voter's identity can by voting in an institution rather confirmed by an employee who identifies itself.

(7) Stamp used for advance voting to separate from the stamp used at the polling station. It does not appear from the piston in which municipality the vote is cast.

(8) An elector who needs it, may themselves ask the recipient to receive assistance when voting. Selects with severe mental or physical disability may themselves an extra helper among the persons who are present in the polling station. The returning officer shall notify the aide that he has a duty of confidentiality under § 04.15 (2).

(9) Ballot boxes used for advance voting domestic should be sealed.

§ 8-5. Canvassing etc.
(1) Canvassing is not permitted in the room where advance voting is taking place.

(2) Do not let visitors knowledge about the consumption of the different electoral lists ballots.

§ 8-6. Regulations The Ministry may issue regulations concerning the conduct of advance voting.

Chapter 9. The timing of elections. Voting on election day


§ 9-1. The timing of elections
(1) Election of representatives to the Parliament to be held in all municipalities on the same day in the month of September in the last year of each parliamentary term.

(2) Election of representatives of county and municipal councils to be held in all municipalities on the same day in the month of September every four years. Elections are held in the second year of each parliamentary term.

§ 9-2. Fixing Election Day
(1) The King determines before each election polling day on a Monday.

(2) The municipal council can decide that one or more places in the municipality shall be voting on the Sunday before the official election day. The decision must be made no later than the budget for the year election shall be held.

§ 9-3. Time and place for voting. Organization
(1) The municipal council or electoral committee by delegation, determines how many constituencies municipality shall be divided. Central matrikkelmyndighet shall be informed of changes in polling division by 31 March of the election year.

(2) The Electoral Committee determines where polling will take place and fixes the time for voting. Voting shall take place in appropriate and accessible facilities. Voters should be able to take into the polling stations without assistance. Other premises shall not be used except in exceptional circumstances. The municipal council can, with approval of at least 1/3 of its members, decide to keep polling stations open longer than the Electoral Committee. Such a decision must no later than the budget for the year election shall be held. Polling on Monday must not take place later than kl. 21.

(3) The Electoral Committee announces the time and place of voting.

(4) Candidate listed on the electoral list on municipal elections, may not be appointed to the returning officer or election official at the polling stations in the municipality. Candidate listed on the electoral list for the parliamentary elections or county elections, can not be appointed to the returning officer or election official at the polling stations in the municipalities in that county.

§ 9-4. House rules
(1) At the polling station and in the rooms that the elector must pass through to reach the polling station, it is not permitted to engage in canvassing or to take actions that may interfere with or prevent the normal conduct of electoral proceedings. It is prohibited for unauthorized persons to monitor who comes and voting, or making voters or any similar questioning of voters.

(2) Do not let visitors knowledge about the consumption of the different electoral lists ballots.

(3) Voting The chairman or vice-chairman may, if necessary remove any person acts in contravention of the provisions of this section.

§ 9-5. Voting in polling station
(1) When the election opens, voters who are registered in the electoral roll in the municipality should be allowed to vote as they arrive.

(2) The polling committee place a cross in the register at the voter's name. Voters who are not known to the recipient, proof of identity.

(3) The voter shall privately and unseen fold the ballot so that it is not visible which ballot the voter selects. Elector hands the ballot to the committee, who stamp it with an official stamp. The voter places the ballot into a ballot box.

(4) Voters who have not been entered in the appropriate electoral roll, shall place the ballot in the ballot box. After the ballot paper has been stamped, the voter put it in the ballot envelope and give this to the Board. Committee places the ballot paper envelope in a cover envelope, seal it and write on it the elector's name, address and birth date.

(5) An elector who needs it, may themselves ask the board to provide any necessary assistance when voting. Selects with severe mental or physical disability may themselves an extra helper among the persons who are present in the polling station. The polling committee shall notify the aide that he has a duty of confidentiality.

(6) Ballot boxes used for voting on election day should be sealed.

§ 9-5 a. Electronic crossing the electoral register on Election Day
(1) The municipalities can decide to adopt a system of electronic crossing off in the electoral register. § 9-5 fourth paragraph do not apply.

(2) If it is adopted electronic crossing under subsection undecided board ticking the electronic electoral roll for both voters electoral register of that association, and for voters electoral register in other circles in the municipality.


(3) Using electronic crossing should voters who do not register entry in the circuit vote is cast, deliver the ballot to the committee, who stamp it with the official seal. The voter places the ballot into a ballot box. Ballots from voters electoral register in different circuit from which the votes are cast, shall be counted in the circuit votes are cast.

(4) When a power failure or loss of communication on the electoral register in a municipality where electronic crossing is adopted, will later cast ballots not placed in the ballot box. Such ballots shall be treated as emergency votes. Once the ballot is stamped, the voter put it in the ballot envelope and seal the envelope again. The returning officer shall put the ballot paper envelope in an emergency envelope with voting card. In municipalities with two-day election, any contingency votes received on Sunday treated and crossed by the electronic electoral roll before polling stations open on Monday.

§ 9-6. Voting outside the polling station If an elector is unable to move into the polling station, they can vote to two immediately outside the polling station.

§ 9-7. Conclusion of polling Voting venue closed on the date specified. Voters who then present in the polling station shall be allowed to vote.

§ 9-8. Storage and transport of election materials All election materials shall be stored and transported in a safe manner.

§ 9-9. Publication of election results and prognoses Election results and forecasts that are made on the basis of studies undertaken on the day or days on which polling takes place may not be made public until at kl. 21 on election day Monday.

§ 9-10. Regulations The Ministry may issue regulations concerning the organization and conduct of voting on election day, and the storage and transport of election materials.

Chapter 10. Validation of the ballots and ballot papers, counting record etc.

§ 10-1. Electoral approval of advance ballots cast in the ballot envelope
(1) An advance voting shall be approved if

A)
voter register entry in the municipality

B)
voting contain sufficient information to determine who the voter is,

C)
voting is delivered at the right time

D)
ballot was delivered to the right polling station unless it is cast as a postal vote,

E)
cover envelope has not been opened or unopened,

F)
voter does not cast an approved ballot and

G)
ballot was received by the Electoral Committee at. 17 days after election day.

(2) An elector's vote is approved when they are crossed off the electoral register.

(3) Advance votes to be approved before the election day to the extent possible.

§ 10-1 a. Voting Recipient approval of advance voting loaded in urn
(1) A ballot cast in advance in accordance with § 8-4 second paragraph shall be approved if

A)
voter register entry in the municipality

B)
voter has been allowed to vote, and

C)
elector has not already cast an approved ballot.

(2) An elector's vote is approved when they are crossed off the electoral register.

§ 10-2. Approval of ballots cast on election day
(1) A ballot cast at the polling station shall be approved if

A)
voter register entry in the municipality

B)
voter has been allowed to vote, and

C)
elector has not already cast an approved ballot.

(2) An elector's vote is approved when they are crossed off the electoral register.

§ 10-3. Approval of ballot
(1) A ballot shall be approved if

A)
it has a public stamp,

B)
states what choice ballot comes,

C)
stated which party or group elector has voted, and

D)
party or group submits a list in the constituency. Ballot paper intended for another constituency may be approved only if it applies to a registered political party.

(2) A cast ballot is considered to be identical with the official electoral list.

(3) If the elector has used a printed ballot that is not identical with the official electoral list, shall be disregarded any changes made by the elector.

§ 10-4. Principles for the counting of ballots
(1) The Electoral Committee is responsible for counting the ballots. Count is performed by people and thus electoral committee has decided.

(2) Separate counting of ballots can only be undertaken if the part or parts of the electoral count applies contains at least 100 names.


(3) In the local government elections, ballot papers shall be counted separately. Ballot papers can be counted simultaneously, provided that this does not lead to delay of the election to the county council.

(4) Ballots cast in advance and ballot papers cast at the polling station will be counted separately.

(5) The ballot papers shall be counted in two rounds, with a preliminary and a final count.

§ 10-5. Preliminary counting
(1) preliminary counting of ballots cast in advance should start no later than four hours before the voting is completed at all polling stations in the municipality, if this can happen without contravention of the principle of a secret ballot. Otherwise it shall commence as soon as all the advance votes are approved.

(2) Provisional counting of ballot papers cast at election proceedings shall commence as soon as possible after polling at the polling station is closed.

(3) If it made preliminary count by the electoral committee should valgtingsstemmegivninger emitted at other polling stations in the municipality than where the voter's register of electors are treated before the preliminary count starts. Approved ballot among these must be counted along with the other ballots. The assumption is that this can be done without undue delay for the count.

(4) Ballots there is doubt may be approved are set aside and kept out of the count.

(5) Each listed preliminary number of votes found by counting how many ballots that were cast for each list.

§ 10-6. Final counting. Registration amendments on ballots
(1) final count begins immediately after the provisional count is finished and all votes have come in to the Electoral. The final count shall be carried out under Electoral Authority.

(2) The ballot papers from the provisional count shall be counted again. Electoral Committee decides whether ballot papers that were not included in the provisional count and votes that the polling committees have placed under separate cover shall be approved. Approved ballot among these must be counted along with the other ballots.

(3) At the final count of ballots for municipal elections Electoral Committee also registers any corrections electors have made on the ballot papers. Thereafter Electoral find the individual list of list votes. Each ballot counts for as many list votes as there shall be members of the council. Figure is corrected for list votes cast for and received from other lists.

(4) in the parliamentary elections and county elections the County Electoral Committees in connection with the election register corrections electors have made on the ballot papers. Each listed number of votes found by counting how many ballots that were cast for each list, the total for all municipalities in the county.

§ 10-7. Record of elections
(1) The polling committee shall keep records relating to the conduct of election proceedings.

(2) The Electoral Committee shall maintain records relating to the preparation and conduct of elections.

(3) The County Electoral Committee shall maintain records relating to the control of the Electoral completion of parliamentary elections and county elections, and the election. Certified copy of the County Electoral Protocol shall in parliamentary elections sent Parliament and the National Electoral Board.

§ 10-8. Transmission of material by general and county
(1) In general and county Electoral Committee shall as soon as possible send the following material to the Electoral Committee:

A)
all approved ballot sorted uncorrected and corrected, those that were cast on election day and those that were cast in advance separately,

B)
all voting and ballot Electoral has rejected

C)
all options short of advance voting,

D)
all cover envelopes from advance voting abroad and on Svalbard and Jan Mayen,

E)
certified copy of what is recorded in connection with the elections, and

F)
copy of complaints received.

(2) Oslo shall send the materials mentioned in the first paragraph to the County as soon as the election to the general election has ended.

(3) The material shall be packed in good order and in properly sealed packaging and sent the fastest adequate means.

§ 10-9. County Election Board's control in general and county
(1) The County Electoral Committee shall monitor the implementation of general and county municipalities on the basis of the material it will receive under § 10-8. If the Electoral Committee finds errors in the Electoral Committee's decisions to approve or reject ballots or ballots, or errors in the Electoral Committee's counting, the errors corrected.


(2) In the City of Oslo conducted control of elections by the County. If the County finds errors in the Electoral Committee's decisions to approve or reject ballots or ballots, or errors in the Electoral Committee's counting, the errors recorded. Certified copy of the County's records shall be sent Parliament and the National Electoral Board.

§ 10-10. Regulations The Ministry may issue regulations concerning the validation of the ballots and ballots, the counting of ballot papers and the records of elections.

Chapter 11. Distribution of seats and candidate pageant

§ 11-1. Election districts in parliamentary elections the country is divided into 19 electoral district. Each county constitutes a constituency.

§ 11-2. Number of members of parliament. Constituency members and representatives
(1) There shall be elected 169 representatives to parliament.

(2) Of these, 150 are elected as constituency members and 19 members at large. Appoint a leveling representative from each constituency.

§ 11-3. Allocation of seats to the constituencies in parliamentary elections
(1) All Storting shall be allocated to the constituencies. The distribution is undertaken by the Ministry every eight years.

(2) Each selection distribution figure is determined by the number of inhabitants in the constituency at the penultimate year before the parliamentary elections adding the number of square kilometers in the constituency multiplied by 1.8.

(3) Each selection distribution figure is divided by 1 - 3 - Co 5-7 etc. The quotients that appear numbered consecutively. The parliamentary seats are allocated to the constituencies on the basis of the quotients arrived. Seat No.. 1 goes to the constituency that has the largest quotient. Seat No.. 2 goes to the constituency which has the second largest quotient, etc. If two or more electoral districts have the same quotient, the parliamentary seat goes to the constituency that has the highest distribution figure. Do they have the same distribution figures, decided by drawing lots which constituency parliamentary seat shall fall.

(4) The Ministry shall inform Parliament of the outcome of the distribution of seats.

§ 11-4. Distribution of constituency seats between the electoral lists in parliamentary elections
(1) Of the number of seats each constituency shall be in accordance with § 11-3, all except for one to distribute as constituency seats. The last seat allocated by the National Electoral Committee as mandated.

(2) The County Electoral Committee shall conduct the election result for the county and allocate the county constituency seats between the lists. The distribution of seats is subject to the Sainte-Laguë's modified method.

(3) Sainte-Laguë's modified method implies that each listed number of votes divided by 1,4-3-5-7 etc. Each of votes shall be divided as many times as necessary to find the number of seats the list should have. The first seat goes to the list that has the largest quotient. The second seat goes to the list that has the second largest quotient. If the lists have the same quotient, the seat of the lists that have the greatest number of votes. Have the same number of votes, determined by drawing lots list seat shall be allocated.

§ 11-5. Returning of candidates for constituency seats at parliamentary elections
(1) When it is decided how many constituency seats an electoral list shall have, the County Electoral these to the candidates on the list. Candidates who are not eligible are disregarded. The returning is performed as follows: First the names listed as no. 1 on the ballots. The candidate who has the most entries will be selected. Thereafter the names listed as no. 2 on the ballot papers. The candidate who has the most entries when adding together the results from the first and second counts are selected. Counts continue in the same manner until all the parliamentary seats the list shall have, is possessed. Achieves more candidates the same result, the initial order of the list is decisive.

(2) Each list shall as far as possible be allocated as many alternates as it gets members, with the addition of three. The candidates for seats as alternates are distributed in the same manner as the members under subsection.

§ 11-6. Allocation of the seats on parties and constituencies in parliamentary elections
(1) The National Electoral Committee shall conduct the election result for the distribution of the seats on the basis of the statements submitted by county election boards.

(2) The National Electoral Committee allocates the seats between the parties in accordance with the Constitution § 59. If several parties have the same quotient, the seat to the party with the largest number of votes. Have the same number of votes, it will be determined by lot which party seat shall be allocated.


(3) The National Electoral Committee allocates the parties' seats with one in each county, as follows:

A)
For each county and each party has won at least one seat be based on the party's total vote in the county. If the party has not won any constituency seat, the party's total vote in the county applied. The party has won a constituency seat, the party's total vote is divided by a number that is one more than twice the number of constituency seats the party has won in the county. Party's total vote or the quotients arrived divided by the average number of votes per constituency seat in that county.

B)
The quotients for all counties and for all parties that have won at least one seat, arranged by size. Is more quotients equal size, the number of votes in the respective counties crucial. In case of tie the order is determined by drawing lots.

C)
Seat at large No.. 1 allocated to that party and the county after the calculation above has the largest quotient. Seat at large No.. 2 allocated to that party and the county with the second largest quotient and so forth.

D)
When a county has been allocated a seat, it does not come into consideration in the further calculations. When a party has obtained the number of seats it should have according to the allocation under the second paragraph, that party is considered in the further calculations. The distribution continues for the remaining counties and the remaining parties until all the seats are distributed.

§ 11-7. Returning of members to the seats in parliamentary elections when it is decided which party lists given seats shall National Electoral Committee shall designate the members at large and all deputies. By this settlement disregarded those already elected as constituency members and elect the candidates still order according to § 11-5. Candidates who are not eligible are disregarded.

§ 11-8. Proxies for the selected parliament
(1) The National Electoral Committee issues credentials for all selected members of parliament and deputies. The credentials are sent to Parliament.

(2) The National Electoral Committee shall keep a record result of the election and inform the Storting and the County Electoral Committees thereof.

§ 11-9. Notification of the parliament
(1) After receipt of notification from the National Electoral Committee County Electoral Committee shall notify the members and alternates of their election and inform them of their right to apply for exemption from election.

(2) If a candidate has been elected a member or alternate from several counties, the person concerned which selection is received. Written declaration of which election is received shall be sent to the county electoral committees within three days of notification of the election from the County Electoral Committees. Does not provide that notification as mentioned, election is deemed accepted in the county where the person concerned is entitled to vote, or - if he is not entitled to vote in any county - the county which comes first in alphabetical order. If the election he has received invalid, he may make a new declaration.

§ 11-10. Parliamentary seats and the returning of members by county
(1) The County Electoral Committee shall conduct the election result by county. The distribution of seats is subject to the Sainte-Laguë's modified method under § 11-4.

(2) When it is decided how many seats an electoral list shall have, the County Electoral Committee allocates to the candidates on the list. Candidates who are not eligible are disregarded. Candidates whose names have achieved a personal vote of at least eight percent of the list of votes, will be chosen in order of the number of personal votes received. Other candidates are returned on the basis of their order on the list.

(3) Each list shall as far as possible be allocated as many alternates as it gets members, with the addition of three. The candidates for seats as alternates are distributed in the same manner as the members under subsection.

(4) If an electoral list gains more seats than there are eligible candidates on the list, the surplus seats to the remaining lists in accordance with the rule in the first paragraph.

§ 11-11. Notification of the county council County Electoral Committee shall inform the members and alternates of their election.

§ 11-12. Parliamentary seats and the returning of members to the municipal council
(1) The Electoral Committee shall conduct the election result to the municipal council. List of votes shall be the basis for the distribution of seats which takes place according to the Sainte-Laguë's modified method under § 11-4.


(2) When it is decided how many seats an electoral list shall have, the Electoral Committee allocates to the candidates on the list. Candidates who are not eligible are disregarded. Candidates who are set up in bold, given the poll which they are entitled in accordance with § 6-2, third paragraph, before the personal votes voters have given to candidates counted. Thereafter the candidates in order of the number of personal votes received. More candidates have received an equal number of votes, or no votes, the order of the list is decisive.

(3) Each list shall as far as possible be allocated as many alternates as it gets members, with the addition of three. The candidates for seats as alternates are distributed in the same manner as the members under subsection.

(4) If an electoral list gains more seats than there are eligible candidates on the list, the surplus seats to the remaining lists in accordance with the rule in the first paragraph.

§ 11-13. Notification of the municipal council election committee shall inform the members and alternates of their election.

Chapter 12. Majority Elections at municipal

§ 12-1. The terms of majority voting
(1) Municipal council election held by majority vote if a municipality is no more than one approved list proposal.

(2) The Electoral Committee announces that the elections held by majority ballot and information concerning what rules apply to the election.

§ 12-2. The procedure by majority vote
(1) Electors vote with the same ballot paper for members and alternates.

(2) The ballot paper may contain a maximum of as many names as there shall be representatives of the municipal council, and an equal number of deputies.

§ 12-3. Options settlement by majority vote
(1) When the election is counted first the votes cast for members. Is it on the ballot is not distinguished between members and alternates, is considered the first listed as members in the allowable number, and the following as alternates in the number permitted. Ballot paper contains more names as representatives or alternates than permitted, the excess names are last in order of consideration.

(2) A name may only be listed once on each ballot.

(3) Those who get the most votes is elected.

(4) Those who receive the most votes when the votes and deputy counted together, are selected as alternates in the order of votes shows and in a number corresponding to the members.

(5) If two or more candidates receive equal number of votes, the outcome by drawing lots.

Chapter 13. validity of elections. Appeals

§ 13-1. Appeals for general elections
(1) Everyone has the right to vote may appeal against matters relating to the preparation and conduct of parliamentary elections in the county voter's. Where the appeal matter of vote or the right to vote, also the one that has not been the electoral register, to appeal.

(2) An appeal must be filed within seven days after election day. Appeals against the County Electoral election result must be brought within seven days after the election has been determined.

(3) The appeal shall be in writing and shall be submitted to the Electoral Committee, the County Electoral Committee, the County, the Ministry or the Parliamentary administration.

(4) Parliament appealed to complaints regarding voting rights and the right to vote. The National Electoral Committee shall make a statement to Parliament on appeals. The National Electoral Committee appealed to other complaints. The National Electoral Committee shall forward its decision on the appeal cases to the Storting.

§ 13-2. Complaints by local government elections
(1) Anyone entitled to vote may appeal against matters relating to the preparation and implementation of county elections in the county voter's, and at municipal elections in the municipality of the voter's. Where the appeal matter of vote or the right to vote, also the one that has not been the electoral register, to appeal.

(2) An appeal must be filed within seven days after election day. Complaints about election must be brought within seven days after the election has been approved in local government elections.

(3) The appeal shall be in writing and shall be submitted to the electoral committee of the municipality to the municipal council and county electoral committee by county. Where the appeal issues of importance to both elections, is deemed to apply both and may be submitted either for electoral or county electoral committee.


(4) appealed to the Ministry. The Ministry shall know the county council election in a municipality or the county or municipal election in a municipality invalid if an error was committed which is believed to have influenced the distribution of seats between the lists and that it is not possible to rectify. The Ministry's decisions in appeals under this section is final and may not be brought before the courts.

§ 13-3. Checking the parliamentary elections. Invalid elections - new elections
(1) The newly elected Parliament decides whether the general election is valid.

(2) Parliament shall ensure that errors are corrected to the extent possible.

(3) Parliament shall know the general election in a municipality or in a county invalid if an error was committed which is believed to have influenced the outcome of the election, and that it is not possible to rectify.

(4) When the election in a municipality or in a county known invalid, the Storting new election. Parliament may in special circumstances order new elections in the county even if the error does not apply to all municipalities in the county.

§ 13-4. Control of local government elections. Invalid elections - new elections
(1) The newly elected county council decides whether the election is valid. The newly elected council makes decisions regarding municipal election is valid.

(2) The county council shall know the county council election in a municipality or the county invalid if an error was committed which is believed to have influenced the distribution of seats between the lists and that it is not possible to rectify.

(3) The municipal council shall know municipal elections in the municipality invalid if an error was committed which is believed to have influenced the distribution of seats between the lists and that it is not possible to rectify.

(4) If the county council or council declares an election invalid, it shall be sent to the Ministry, which orders a new election. At the Ministry may in special cases order new elections in the county even if the error does not apply to all municipalities in the county.

(5) The provision in the Local Government Act § 59 of legality apply correspondingly. The deadline for submitting an application for review of legality is nevertheless seven days after the local government elections have been made pursuant to the first paragraph.

§ 13-5. Conduct of new elections
(1) When a new election the electoral roll of the original choice. The census will be updated and any errors corrected.

(2) If it is necessary for the proper functioning of a new election, the Ministry may grant exemptions from the provisions of this Act.

Chapter 14. New election result for the period. By-election

§ 14-1. New election results to Parliament
(1) The County Electoral Committee shall, by order of Parliament, conduct new election result if a representative seat in parliament remains vacant.

(2) The County Electoral Committee issues credentials for the selected member or alternate under subsection. The credentials specify which number in the sequence the elected representative should have. For deputy specify which representatives competent to replace, and the number in the sequence of alternates. The authorization will be sent to Parliament. In all other respects § 11-9 accordingly.

§ 14-2. New voting procedures and election to the county council or council
(1) County mayor or mayor shall ensure that the County Electoral Committee or the Electoral make new choices settlement if a representative place in the county council or council remains vacant.

(2) There shall also be made new election result when an alternate seat has become vacant if the county mayor or the mayor deems this necessary.

(3) If the number of deputies or a group's deputies become insufficient, and the relationship can not be remedied by new election result after the second paragraph, that group even designate the person who shall take over the vacant seat as an alternate. Thereafter the group Electoral Committee or the Electoral who choose competent as an alternate provided eligibility requirements are met.

(4) Is the municipal elections held by majority vote, nominated candidate for the vacant space of the council. Third paragraph, second sentence shall apply accordingly.

(5) In all other respects §§ 11-11 and 11-13 accordingly.

Chapter 15. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

§ 15-1. Attempts
(1) The King may grant consent to:

A)
attempt which elections under this Act are conducted in ways other than as provided in this Act, and

B)
experiments with direct election by other elected bodies than them this Act applies.

(2) The King lays down further conditions for the experiment and determine which statutory provisions any departure may be made.


§ 15-2. Storage, disposal and destruction of election material storage, disposal and destruction of election material after the election is over, should be in accordance with the Archives Act and the Regulations issued in pursuance thereof.

§ 15-3. Access to the register of electors and the other material - freedom
(1) Unless otherwise provided by this Act or the regulations, can access or copy of the electoral register, including those used for crossing, only be granted or supplied || |
A)
to government officials when necessary in the interests of the service, or

B)
to researchers for scientific purposes when there is consent from the National Population Register.

(2) Access to the rest of the election material can only be granted to researchers for scientific purposes and with the consent of the competent authority.

§ 15-4. Confidentiality
(1) Administration Act provisions regarding confidentiality apply correspondingly to the election.

(2) A person who assists an elector in the voting and learns how he or she has been subject to strict confidentiality about this.

§ 15-5. Calculation of time limits. Disregard
(1) If a date which is the basis for a deadline falls on a Saturday or a public holiday, the time limit begins to run from the first working day thereafter.

(2) Where the closing date of a deadline falls on a Saturday or a public holiday, the time limit expires on the next working day.

(3) The provisions of subsections apply correspondingly in cases where a date is the earliest or latest date for any offense under this Act falls on a Saturday or a holiday.

(4) Notification, declaration or appeal made after the expiry of the deadline under this Act may only be considered if a respite over the sitting due to circumstances it as a duty to the deadline, had no control over nor could foresee.

§ 15-6. Information Any public servant duties as far as possible to provide the electoral authorities with any information they might require to use the preparation and conduct of elections.

§ 15-7. Statements for election statistics County Electoral and electoral committees are obliged to provide the tasks that the ministry or Statistics Norway are required to publish election results or production of election statistics.

§ 15-8. Municipalities that constitute a separate county
(1) This Act regarding county does not apply in cases where a municipality constitutes a separate county and which are therefore not held county.

(2) Nevertheless in these municipalities should be allowed to vote in advance at a local government for voters to vote in a municipality that forms part of another county.

§ 15-9. Expenses covered by Treasury Treasury covers expenses for local authorities in their statutory activity in general elections.

§ 15-10. Election observation
(1) The Ministry may accredit national and international election observers from institutions or organizations to observe the conduct of general elections or elections to municipal and county councils.

(2) municipalities have an obligation to accept accredited election observers and facilitate election observation.

§ 15-11. Violation charge
(1) case of willful or negligent violation of the Election Act § 9-9 Media Authority may impose on undertakings a fine of up to 28 times the basic national insurance amount. With enterprise 'means a company, association or other association, sole proprietorship, foundation, estate or public sector.

(2) In assessing the fine, particular emphasis is on

A)
seriousness of the violation,

B)
about undertaking the guidelines, instruction, training, inspection or other measures could have prevented the violation,

C)
whether the offense is committed to promote its interests,

D)
whether the entity has had or could have obtained some benefit in the contravention

E)
whether there is repetition, and

F)
firm's financial capability.

(3) Administrative fines accrue to the Treasury and is enforceable by execution.

(4) The King may not give the Media Authority or the Appeals Committee of general instructions regarding the enforcement of the provision, and can not issue orders to the exercise of authority in individual cases or reverse decisions.

(5) Decisions on violation charges imposed may be appealed to an independent appeals board appointed by the King. The tribunal shall have three members. The King determines who shall be the chairman.

(6) The Appeals Board can not change the supervisory body on its own initiative.


(7) The Ministry may issue further regulations on the implementation of the provisions of this section, including the appointment and composition of the Appeals Committee, for recovery and payment deadline for fee.

Chapter 16. Commencement and transitional rules. Amendments to other laws

§ 16-1. Commencement
(1) This Act applies when the King bestemmer.1

(2) On the same date the Act on 1 March 1985 no. 3 in the parliamentary elections, local government elections (election law) with the exception of § 83.2

§ 16-2. Transitional rules
(1) § 5-2 subsection d1 does not apply to parties that were registered under § 17 of the Act on 1 March 1985 no. 3, if those applying for registration in The Register by 2 January 2005. Parties who have not applied for registration within this period, losing exclusive rights to name of the party after the general election in 2005.

(2) In order to make proposed list under the name the party was registered under § 17 of the Act on 1 March 1985 no. 3, the party must be registered in The Register.

§ 16-3. Amendments to other Acts From the time this Act comes into force, the following amendments to the Law on 25 September 1992 no. 107 on local and regional authorities (Local Government Act): - - -