(1) Application of this clause This clause applies if a council divides its area into wards, abolishes all its wards, alters its ward boundaries, or names or renames a ward in its area. Each such action is a
"change" for the purposes of this clause.
(2) Effect on approaching election (other than by-election) The next election (other than a by-election) held after a change is made is to be held as if the change had not been made if it was made during the period of 6 months before the closing date, unless the Electoral Commission approves in special circumstances determined by the Commission.
(3) Effect on approaching by-election A by-election held after a change is made and before the next ordinary election is to be held as if the change had not been made. This subclause does not apply to an alteration of ward boundaries (which is provided for by section 210 (6) of the Act).
(4) Transitional Subclause (2) does not apply in relation to the ordinary election to be held in September 2008.