Sri Lanka Consolidated Acts

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Referendum Act (No. 7 of 1981)


           Long Title

   1.	   Short title and date of operation  
   2.	   President to direct the conduct of a Referendum  
   3.	   Electoral districts, polling divisions, amp c,  
   4.	   Polling stations  
   5.	   Register of electors  
   6.	   Register of electors to be conclusive evidence of the right to vote  
   7.	   Referendum Returning Officer and retiring Officers  
   8.	   Appointment of referendum agents  
   9.	   Voting by post  
   10.	   Official poll card-  
   11.	   Presiding officers  
   12.	   Facilities to be provided at polling stations  
   13.	   Notices to be exhibited at polling Stations  
   14.	   Ballot boxes  
   15.	   Ballot Papers  
   16.	   Hours of poll   
   17.	   Appointment of polling observers  
   18.	   General conduct of the poll  
   19.	   Sealing of ballot boxes and commencement of poll,  
   20.	   Issue of ballot papers  
   21.	   Inspection of voter and marking with the appropriate mark  
   22.	   Manner of voting  
   23.	   Assistance to voters to enable them to vote  
   24.	   Voting by proxy forbidden  
   25.	   Plural voting to be an illegal practice,  
   26.	   Power to require voter to make declaration  
   27.	   Spoilt ballot papers  
   28.	   Tendered votes  
   29.	   closure of poll  
   30.	   Procedure in closure of poll  
   31.	   Counting officers  
   32.	   Notice of count  
   33.	   Appointment of counting observers  
   34.	   The count  
   35.	   Ballot papers to be rejected  
   36.	   Special provisions relating to powers, duties and functions under sections 34 and 38  
   37.	   Closure at the count  
   38.	   Counting of postal ballot papers  
   39.	   Returning officer to prepare statement  
   40.	   Referendum Returning Officer to prepare a report  
   41.	   Publication of result,  
   42.	   Disposal of ballot papers amp c  
   43.	   Offences relating to ballot papers, official poll cards amp c  
   44.	   Certain acts prohibited on polling day  
   45.	   Restriction on processions  
   46.	   Restriction on public meetings  
   47.	   General provisions relating to offences under sections 43, 44, 45 and 46  
   48.	   Printing, amp c, of Referendum publication  
   49.	   Restriction on number of referendum offices  
   50.	   Provisions relating to display of handbills, posters, amp c  
   51.	   Maintenance of secrecy at Referendum  
   52.	   Personation  
   53.	   Treating  
   54.	   Undue influence  
   55.	   Bribery  
   56.	   Punishment and incapacities for corrupt practice  
   57.	   Certain expenditure to be illegal practice  
   58.	   False reports in newspapers  
   59.	   Certain employment to be illegal  
   60.	   Printing, amp c of Referendum publications  
   61.	   Punishment on conviction for illegal practices  
   62.	   Where more than one proposal is submitted;  
   63.	   Power to order Referendum in exceptional circumstances  
   64.	   Failure to comply with provisions of Act  
   65.	   Use of Schools amp c polling stations  
   66.	   Presiding officer may act through officers appointed to assist him  
   67.	   Secretary of a recognized political party may act as his own agent or assist his agent  
   68.	   Non-attendance of the agents of recognized political party  
   69.	   Inaccurate description of places and persons  
   70.	   Publication of notices, amp c  
   71.	   Duty of employers to grant leave to enable employees to vote  
   72.	   Requisitioning of premises for use of polling stations  
   73.	   Compensation for requisitioning premises  
   74.	   Right of secretary of recognized political party to send matter relating to Referendum post free   
   75.	   Political broadcasts,  
   76.	   Powers of Commissioner  
   77.	   Removal of difficulties  
   78.	   Interpretation  

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