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Appointment of election agents

Section 23 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) The representative of each list of candidates shall not later than the 32nd day before election day give notice in writing to the Chief Election Officer appointing himself or some other person to be the election agent of the candidates in the list and if the appointment of an election agent is revoked or the election agent dies and no further appointment is made, the representative of the list of candidates shall be deemed to have been appointed to be the election agent of the candidates.

(2) The Chief Election Officer shall cause a notice to be published in the Gazette of the name and address of the person appointed or deemed to be appointed as election agent.

Appointments of assistant agents, counting agents and polling agents

Section 24 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) An election agent may appoint –

  1. an assistant agent for each district;

  2. a counting agent for each district;

  3. a polling agent for each polling place.

(2) Notice in writing of every appointment of an assistant agent, counting agent and polling agent, stating the name and address of the person appointed shall be given not later than the 7th day before election day by the election agent to the returning officer of the district for which the assistant agent or counting agent is appointed or in which is situate the polling place for which the polling agent is appointed.

(3) The returning officer shall upon receiving a notice of an appointment of an assistant agent give public notice of the name and address of the person appointed.

(4) There shall not be, at the same time, more than one assistant agent of more than one counting agent of a group of candidates for any one district nor shall there be more than one polling agent of that group for any one polling place.

(5) Upon the revocation of the appointment of or upon the death of an assistant agent, counting agent or polling agent the election agent shall forthwith give notice in writing thereof to the returning officer to whom notice of appointment was given and shall give notice in writing of any further appointment made in accordance with subsection (2):

Provided that the appointment of an assistant agent, counting agent or polling agent shall not be vacated solely by reason of the revocation of the appointment or the death of the election agent who appointed him.

(6) Nothing in this section shall preclude the appointment of a person as an assistant agent for two or more districts or as polling agent for two of more polling places or as both assistant agent and counting agent, or as both assistant agent and polling agent, or as both counting agent and polling agent, or as assistant agent, counting agent and polling agent.

Actions of assistant agents, polling agents and counting agents

Section 25 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) Every election agent may act, in relation to any matter required to be done in any district, by the assistant agent for that district; and anything done for the purposes of this Act by an assistant agent in his district shall be deemed to have been done by the election agent.

(2) Any act or default by an assistant agent which, if he were an election agent, would be an illegal practice or other offence against this Act, shall be an illegal practice or other offence against this Act committed by the Assistant agent who shall be liable to punishment accordingly.

(3) Where in this Act any action or thing is required to be done in the presence of candidates, polling agents or counting agents, the non-attendance of any such candidate, polling agent or counting agent at the time and place appointed for the purpose shall not, if any act or thing is otherwise properly done, invalidate the act or thing done.

Liability of candidates for offences by election agents

Section 26 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

Where any corrupt or illegal practice or any illegal payment, employment or hiring, or other offence under this Act, is proved to have been committed by an election agent or assistant agent with the consent or connivance of a candidate, such candidate shall also be deemed to have been guilty of such corrupt or illegal practice or illegal payment, employment or hiring or other offence.


 

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