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Development Councils Elections Act (No. 20 of 1981)


           Long Title

   1.	   Short title  
   2.	   Application of Act  
   3.	   Electoral areas  
   4.	   Polling division and polling districts  
   5.	   Registers of electors-  
   6.	   Register of electors to be conclusive evidence of right to vote  
   7.	   Returning officers  
   8.	   Recognized political parties for the purpose of election  
   9.	   Disqualification of membership  
   10.	   Nomination period  
   11.	   Power of Commissioner to direct which one of the rival sections of political party is that party  
   12.	   Who may contest election  
   13.	   Nomination papers  
   14.	   Deposits  
   15.	   Disposal of deposits  
   16.	   Consent to nomination an offence under circumstances  
   17.	   Rejection of nomination papers  
   18.	   Uncontested elections  
   19.	   Procedure where no nomination papers are received  
   20.	   Contested  
   21.	   Persons entitled to be present at nomination  
   22.	   Notice of poll  
   23.	   Death of candidate after nomination  
   24.	   Voting by post  
   25.	   Official poll card  
   26.	   Presiding officers  
   27.	   Facilities to be provided at polling stations  
   28.	   Notices to be exhibited at polling stations  
   29.	   Ballot boxes  
   30.	   Ballot papers  
   31.	   Hours of poll  
   32.	   Appointment of polling  
   33.	   General conduct of the poll  
   34.	   Sealing of ballot boxes and commencement of poll  
   35.	   Issue of ballot papers  
   36.	   inspection of voter and marking with the appropriate mark  
   37.	   Manner of voting  
   38.	   Assistance to voters to enable them to vote  
   39.	   Voting by proxy forbidden  
   40.	   Plural voting to be an illegal practice  
   41.	   Power to require vote to make declarations  
   42.	   Spoilt ballot paper  
   43.	   Tendered votes  
   44.	   Closure of' poll  
   45.	   Procedure on closure of poll  
   46.	   Presiding officer may act through officers appointed to assist him,  
   47.	   Counting officers  
   48.	   Notice of count  
   49.	   Appointment of counting agents  
   50.	   The count  
   51.	   Ballot papers to be rejected  
   52.	   Special provisions relating to powers, duties and functions under sections 50 and 51  
   53.	   Closure of the count  
   54.	   Counting of postal ballot papers  
   55.	   Notice of declaration of result  
   56.	   Appointment of agents to attend at the declaration of the result  
   57.	   Persona entitled to be present at the declaration of result  
   58.	   Declaration of the result  
   59.	   Special provisions relating to powers, duties or functions. under section 58  
   60.	   Publication of result in the Gazette  
   61.	   Disposal of ballot papers amp c  
   62.	   Vacation of membership  
   63.	   Vacation of office on ceasing to foe member of recognized political party or independent group  
   64.	   Penalty for acting as member after office is vacated  
   65.	   Filling of vacancies-  
   66.	   Offences relating to nomination papers, ballot papers, official poll cards amp c  
   67.	   Certain persons not qualified to vote  
   68.	   Certain acts prohibited on polling day  
   69.	   Restriction on processions  
   70.	   Restriction on public meetings  
   71.	   General provisions relating to offences under sections 66,67,68,69 and 70  
   72.	   Printing, amp c. of election publications by persons other than candidates  
   73.	   Restriction on number of offices  
   74.	   Provisions relating to display of handbills, posters amp c  
   75.	   Candidate not to visit on residence for canvassing amp c  
   76.	   certain persons not to canvass or act as agents amp c  
   77.	   Maintenance of secrecy at elections  
   78.	   personation  
   79.	   Treating  
   80.	   Undue influence,  
   81.	   Bribery  
   82.	   Punishment and incapacities for corrupt practice  
   83.	   Special provisions relating to punishment and incapacity for a corrupt practice by an unsuccessful candidate at an election  
   84.	   Certain expenditure to be illegal practice  
   85.	   False reports in news papers  
   86.	   Certain employment to be illegal  
   87.	   Printing, amp c. of election publications  
   88.	   conviction for illegal practices  
   89.	   Special provisions relating to punishment and incapacity for an illegal practice by an unsuccessful candidate at an election  
   90.	   Additional penalty for certain offences  
   91.	   Failure so comply with provisions of Act  
   92.	   Death, withdrawal or disqualification of candidate not to invalidate nomination paper of party or group  
   93.	   Use of schools as polling stations  
   94.	   Secretary of a recognized political party or group leader may act as his own agent or assist his agent  
   95.	   Non-attendance of the agents of recognized political party or independent group  
   96.	   Prohibition of disclosure of vote,  
   97.	   Inaccurate description of places and persons  
   98.	   Publication, of notices  
   99.	   Duty of employers to grant leave to enable employees to vote  
   100.	   Requisitioning of premises for use as polling stations  
   101.	   Compensation for requisitioning premises  
   102.	   powers of Commissioner  
   103.	   Removal as difficulties  
   104.	   Interpretation  

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