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Electoral Act
Modified February 04, 2002

Contents

PART IV

Registrar-General of Elections and Constituency Registrars

15. Registrar-General of Elections
16. Constituency registrars and other officers
17. Voters’ rolls to be kept by constituency registrars
18. Voters’ rolls open to inspection and printing of rolls
19. Powers to demand information


15 Registrar-General of Elections   TOP

(1) There shall be a Registrar-General of Elections whose office shall be a public office and shall form part of the Public Service.

(2) The Registrar-General shall exercise such functions as are imposed or conferred upon the Registrar-General by or under this Act and, in the exercise of his functions, the Registrar-General shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority other than the Electoral Directorate, but shall have regard to any report or recommendation of the Electoral Supervisory Commission.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the Registrar-General may—

(a) assume and exercise any function which in terms of this Act is vested in a constituency registrar, presiding officer, polling officer, counting officer or other official;

(b) with the consent of the Minister, delegate any of his functions in terms of this Act to any other member of the Public Service;

(c) assign or authorise the delegation of all or any of the functions which in terms of this Act are vested in a constituency registrar, presiding officer, polling officer, counting officer or other official to any other such official;

(d) in relation to an election to which Part XIXA applies, delegate any of his functions in terms of this Act, the Rural District Councils Act [Chapter 29:13] or the Urban Councils Act [Chapter 29:15] to a member of the Public Service.

[Paragraph (d) as inserted by s. 5 of Act 21 of 1997.]


16 Constituency registrars and other officers
   
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(1) For each constituency there shall be—

(a) a constituency registrar; and

(b) a deputy constituency registrar; and

(c) one or more assistant constituency registrars;

who shall be members of the Public Service.

(2) A deputy constituency registrar or assistant constituency registrar shall, subject to subsection (3), exercise such of the functions that are imposed or conferred by or under this Act on the constituency registrar of the constituency for which he has been appointed as may be delegated to him from time to time by that constituency registrar.

(3) Constituency registrars, deputy constituency registrars and assistant constituency registrars shall exercise the functions conferred upon them by or under this Act under the general supervision and direction of the Registrar-General.


17 Voters’ rolls to be kept by constituency registrars   
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(1) Each constituency registrar shall have charge and custody of the voters’ roll for his constituency.

(2) The voters’ roll shall be kept in such form as may be prescribed.

(3) For the purposes of keeping his voters’ roll in terms of this Act, the constituency registrar may use the claim forms or the forms referred to in subsection (2) of section 24 which have been submitted by claimants or the forms submitted for transfer of registration.


18 Voters’ rolls open to inspection and printing of rolls   
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(1) The voters’ roll for every constituency shall be open to inspection by the public, free of charge, at the office of the constituency registrar during office hours.

(2) A person inspecting the voters’ roll for a constituency may, without payment, make copies thereof or extracts therefrom during office hours.

(3) A constituency registrar may, whenever he considers it to be desirable, have the voters’ roll for his constituency printed, and any person may obtain from the Controller of Printing and Stationery, on payment of such charges and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, copies of any voters’ roll so printed.

(4) Where the voters’ roll for any constituency has been printed in terms of subsection (3) immediately before a general election or by-election or election to the office of President, and it contains the names of the voters who will be entitled to vote at that election, the Registrar-General may publish a notice in the Gazette declaring that the printed voters’ roll shall be used for the purposes of the identification of voters at that election.


19 Powers to demand information   
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In the performance of his duties under this Act, a constituency registrar shall at all times have the power—

(a) to demand from any claimant any information necessary to enable him to ascertain whether the claimant is qualified to be registered as a voter or to ascertain his place of residence;

(b) to demand from any person any information necessary to enable him to ascertain whether a voter or a claimant is qualified to be registered as a voter or to ascertain the place of residence of any voter or claimant or whether any voter or claimant is dead;

(c) to require any voter or claimant to complete a prescribed form of claim in accordance with section 21 within such reasonable period as he may specify.

 

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