of Assembly (Elections) Act Regulations
Regulaciones, Ley de la Asamblea Nacional
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY (ELECTION) REGULTIONS
ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
- Short title.
- Rates of pay and travelling allowances.
- Duties of returning officer.
- Symbols for ballot papers.
- Number of copies of lists to be printed.
- Time off to be allowed employee to vote.
made under section 74
[20th August 1951]
1. These regulations may be cited
as the -
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY (ELECTIONS) REGULATIONS
- Election officers shall be paid such sums for their
services in connection with an election as may be approved by Parliament.
- The Chief Elections Officer, the returning officer
and the election clerck shall be paid travelling and substinence allowances
at the rate prescribed for public officers by the Travellin Allowances Regulations
- There shall be paid to such other election officers,
or to any other peson whose services may be engaged by the Chief Elections
Officer in connection with an election, such travelling allowances as the
Chief Elections Officer may consider appropriate.
- Upon his being appointed, the returning officer shall
take and subscribe to the oath set out as Form 7
in the Schedule to the Act, and transmit the oath to the Chief Elections Officer.
- He shall receive and study carefully the instruction
book to returning officers, presiding officers and poll clerks (Books C and
D) and the Act.
- He shall receive and check the supplies to be used
for the taking of the poll and secure the necessary number of ballot boxes.
- He shall receive and endorse the writ of election.
- On receipt of the writ he shall issue the election
notice, and make final selection of polling stations subject to the approval
of the Chief Elections Officer.
- He shall recommend to the Chief Elections Officer
one presiding officer for each polling station and one poll clerk for each
- He shall send one form of the nomination paper and
one form of the statutory declarations to every prospective candidate.
- He shall attend at the place fixed for nomination
from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on nomination day; receive the nomination papers and
statutory declarations of the candidates with the requisite deposits; issue
receipt certificates; supply forms to candidtes for the appointment of agents;
lodge deposits in the Treasury or Sub-Treasury; and undertake all other duties
in connection with the nomination as directed by the Chief Elections Officer.
- In cases where there is only one candidate nominated,
he shall despatch to the Chief Elections Officer the returns necessary.
- Where he is required to give notice for which no procedure
is laid down he shall give the notice by posting it up in a conspicious place
outside of the polling stations and police stations within the constituency
or in such other manner as he thinks fit after consultation with the Chief
- He shall make all arrangements for and supervise the
taking of the poll on polling day, and have collected after the close of the
poll on polling day, the ballot boxes and the preliminary statements of the
- On the evening of the polling day he shall pepare
the preliminary compilation of the votes polled, and communicate the results
as soon as available to the Chief Elections Officer.
- He shall add up the votes on the day fixed for that
purpose by checking all the ballots cast for the candidates or which have
been rejected by the presiding officers.
- He shall check and certify accounts for the election
clerk, presiding officers, poll clerks, messengers or any other officers appointed
to serve in the constituency for election purposes.
- He shall endorse the return of the writ and forward
it to the Chief Elections Officer with the other papers and accounts as directed
by the Act.
- He shall perform such duties as the Chief Elections
Officer may direct.
- He shall make out a report to the Chief Elections
Officer setting out -
- the day on which the writ was received and endorsed;
- the day on which the election notices were distributed;
- the number of polling stations established in
- the nomination papers which were received and
the nominations which were rejected, together with the causes for their
- the condidtion and number of ballot boxes and
keys which were received;
- the day or days on which the final addition of
the boxes was or were done;
- the day on which the declaration of the candidates
- the name of the polic officer in whose custody
the ballot boxes were deposited;
- any matters of particular significance or intent
relating to the polling and the counting of the votes.
- There shall be printed upon every ballot paper opposite
to the name of each candidate, one of the symbols shown in the Appendix to
these Regulations which shall be allotted to each candidate in the manner
- When the Chief Elections Officer is satisfied that
a recognized political party has applied to him for a party symbol, he shall
allocate one of the symbols marked 1 to 6 inclusive in the Appendix to these
Regulations, to such party and the official candidate or candidates of such
party, in each constituency, shall be entitled to have the party symbol opposite
- In the case of the other candidates the Chief Elections
Officer shall allocate one of the symbols numbered 7 to 16 in the Appendix
to these Regulations, to each such candidate; but the order in which the symbols
are allocated shall correspond with the order in which the names of the candidates,
excluding official party candidates, appear on the ballot paper.
- For the purpose of a general election, fifty copies
of each list of electors for each polling station shall be printed.
- All election officers shall be entitled to as many
copies as they require, and as are approved by the Chief Elections Officer.
- Every prospective candidate shall be entitled to one
full set of the lists of electors for his constituency free of cost.
- Subject to the distribution hereinbefore provided
for, available lists of electors shall be sold to prospective candidates and
to the general public at the rate of three cents for the list of electors
relating to any polling district.
6. Every employer shall permit each elector in
his employ to be absent from his work on polling day for two hours in addition
to the normal mid-day meal hour.