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Presidential Elections Act (No. 15 of 1981)


           Long Title

   1.	   Short title  
   2.	   Commissioner to give notice of date of nomination and date of poll  
   3.	   Electoral districts, polling divisions and polling districts  
   4.	   Polling stations  
   5.	   Registers of electors  
   6.	   Register of electors to be conclusive evidence of right to vote  
   7.	   Returning officers  
   8.	   Deposits by candidates  
   9.	   Disposal of deposits  
   10.	   Power of Commissioner to determine which one of rival sections of a recognized political party is that party  
   11.	   Who may be nominated to contest election  
   12.	   Nomination papers  
   13.	   Delivery of nomination paper to the Commissioner  
   14.	   Objections to nomination papers  
   15.	   Rejection of nomination paper   
   16.	   Persons entitled to be present at nomination  
   17.	   Uncontested election  
   18.	   Procedure where no nomination papers are received  
   19.	   Commissioner may delegate powers  
   20.	   Allotting of approved symbols,& c  
   21.	   Notice of poll  
   22.	   Procedure where candidate dies  
   23.	   Voting by post  
   24.	   Official poll card  
   25.	   Presiding officers  
   26.	   Facilities to be provided at polling stations  
   27.	   Notices to be exhibited at polling stations  
   28.	   Ballot boxes  
   29.	   Ballot papers  
   30.	   Hours of poll  
   31.	   Appointment of election  
   32.	   Appointment of authorized and other agents  
   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 for bidden  
   40.	   Prohibition of plural voting  
   41.	   Power to require voter to make declaration  
   42.	   Spoilt ballot papers  
   43.	   Tendered votes  
   44.	   Closure of poll  
   45.	   Procedure on closure of poll,  
   46.	   Presiding officers 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 and the preparation of statement of the number of votes cast in favour of each candidate  
   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.	   Returning officer to prepare statement  
   56.	   Commissioner to ascertain whether any candidate obtains absolute majority  
   57.	   Procedure where no candidate receives absolute majority  
   58.	   Returning officer to direct counting officers to comply with Commissioner's directions  
   59.	   Counting officer to report result to returning officer  
   60.	   Returning officer to add preferences and prepare statement  
   61.	   Commissioner to declare result  
   62.	   Commissioner to hold fresh elections in certain circumstances  
   63.	   Equality of votes  
   64.	   Commissioner to notify candidates time and place of declaration of result  
   65.	   Disposal of ballot papers etc  
   66.	   Offences relating to nomination papers, ballot papers, official poll cards, & c  
   67.	   Certain persons not to canvass or act as agents amp_s  
   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, & c. of election publications by persons other than candidates  
   73.	   Restriction on number of election offices  
   74.	   Provisions relating to display of handbills posters, etc  
   75.	   Maintenance of secrecy at elections  
   76.	   Personation  
   77.	   Treating  
   78.	   Undue influence  
   79.	   Bribery  
   80.	   Punishment and incapacities for corrupt practice  
   81.	   Special provisions relating to punishment and incapacity for a corrupt practice by an unsuccessful candidate at an election  
   82.	   Certain expenditure to be illegal practice  
   83.	   False reports in newspapers  
   84.	   Certain employment to be illegal  
   85.	   Printing, & c.of election publication by candidates and authorized agents  
   86.	   Punishment on conviction for illegal practice  
   87.	   Special provisions relating to punishment and incapacity for an illegal practice by an unsuccessful candidate at an election  
   88.	   Report exonerating Candidates in certain cases of corrupt and illegal practice by agent  
   89.	   Power of Supreme Court to except innocent act from being illegal practice  
   90.	   Avoidance by conviction of candidate  
   91.	   Avoidance: of election on election petition  
   92.	   Powers of the Supreme Court to hear election petitions relating to the election of the President,  
   93.	   Who may present petition.  
   94.	   Relief which may be claimed  
   95.	   Parties to a petition  
   96.	   Contents of the petition  
   97.	   Special provisions relating to the procedure before the Supreme Court  
   98.	   Determination of Supreme Court  
   99.	   Report of Supreme Court as to corrupt or illegal practice  
   100.	   Certificate and report to be forwarded to the Speaker  
   101.	   Effect of certificate and report  
   102.	   Time for presentation  
   103.	   Prohibition of disclosure of vote  
   104.	   Votes to struck off at a scrutiny  
   105.	   Procedure and practice on election petitions  
   106.	   Rejection of ballot paper by counting officer to be final  
   107.	   Powers of Commissioner of Elections  
   108.	   Inaccurate description of places and persons  
   109.	   Publication of notices, & c  
   110.	   Duty of employers to grant leave to enable employees to vote  
   111.	   Use of schools as polling stations  
   112.	   Requisitioning premises for-use as polling stations  
   113.	   Compensation for requisitioning premises  
   114.	   Candidate's right to send matter relating to election post free  
   115.	   Failure to Comply with provisions of Act  
   116.	   Non-attendance of agents  
   117.	   Broadcasts by candidates  
   118.	   Power to make orders,  & c. to meet difficulties arising under this Act  
   119.	   Power of Commissioner to make regulations and rules  
   120.	   Interpretation  

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