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Government's proposed amendments to the Electoral Act
December 08, 2001

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NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
General Laws Amendment Bill, 2001 (H.B. 16, 2001) - continued

 

Schedule (Sections 4A(6)(c), 14B(4)(c) and 79A)
Code of Conduct for Election Agents, Polling Agents, Monitors and Observers

  1. An election agent, polling agent, monitor or observer shall obey every lawful instruction of an electoral officer.
  2. An election agent, polling agent, monitor or observer shall not hinder or obstruct an electoral officer in the lawful conduct of his or her functions.
  3. No monitor or observer shall wear any apparel sporting a prohibited symbol or apparel indicating any affiliation with a candidate or political party participating in the poll, nor in any other way canvass for any candidate or political party while monitoring or observing the poll.
  4. An election agent or polling agent shall not wear any apparel sporting a prohibited symbol or indicating any affiliation with a candidate or political party participating in the poll, but may wear such identification label or badge as is sufficient to indicate the candidate or political party he or she represents.
  5. An election agent or polling agent shall not, within the polling station or within 100 metres of any polling station, canvass for any candidate or political party.
  6. An election agent, polling agent, monitor or observer shall not obstruct or accost any voter at a polling station or on his or her way thereto or therefrom, nor interview any voter at a polling station.
  7. An election agent, polling agent, monitor or observer shall not do anything which compromises the secrecy of the ballot.
  8. If an election agent, polling agent or monitor considers that there has been any irregularity in the conduct of the poll or the counting of the votes, the election agent, polling agent or monitor shall not bring such irregularity or apparent irregularity to the attention of any electoral officer other than the presiding officer or constituency registrar.
  9. If an observer considers that there has been any irregularity in the conduct of the poll or the counting of the votes, the observer shall not bring such irregularity or apparent irregularity to the attention of any electoral officer other than the constituency registrar.
  10. Not more than one polling agent for any candidate shall be permitted to be in a polling station or to witness the verification of statements of presiding officers and the counting of votes, as the case may be, at any time.
  11. A polling agent may not be present at the verification of the statements or the counting of the votes at an election for which his candidate was not nominated.
  12. In the case of an election to the office of President¾

(a) a candidate’s provincial or constituency election agents shall not be permitted to enter any polling station, nor witness the verification of statements of presiding officers or the counting of votes, outside the province or constituency, as the case may be, for which they were appointed;

(b) a candidate’s polling agents may not be present at the counting of votes.

  1. An election agent, polling agent, monitor or observer shall, generally, conduct himself or herself in a manner conducive to the peaceful, dignified and orderly conduct of the poll.".

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