15. (1) After section 96 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted:
“96A. A person is not entitled to become, or to continue to be, the registered officer of a party unless the person is or continues to be, as the case may be, qualified to be an elector.”.
(2) Where immediately before the commencement of this Act a person was the registered officer of a party and by virtue of section 96A of the Principal Act, as amended by this Act, the person ceased to be entitled to hold that office on and after that commencement, the person shall, notwithstanding that section but subject to subsection (3), be taken to be entitled to continue holding that office until—
(a) the expiration of a period of 2 months after that commencement; or
(b) the particulars relating to the registered officer of the party in the register kept under section 88 of the Principal Act have been changed;
whichever first occurs.
(3) Where, but for this subsection, the period referred to in paragraph (2) (a) would expire during the pre-election period, the person shall, notwithstanding section 96A of the Principal Act, as amended by this Act, be taken to be entitled to continue holding that office until the expiration of the pre-election period.