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of Elections and Constituency Registrars
registrars and other officers
rolls to be kept by constituency registrars
rolls open to inspection and printing of rolls
to demand information
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.
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
(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
(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.
as inserted by s. 5 of Act 21 of 1997.]
16 Constituency registrars and other officers TOP
(1) For each constituency there shall be—
(a) a constituency
(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
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 TOP
(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 TOP
(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
(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
19 Powers to demand information TOP
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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