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Electors to have one vote and to vote in person

Section 27 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) An elector shall be entitled to vote in a polling place at an election if he complies with this Act and with requirements made and directions given thereunder and if the presiding officer of the polling place at which he applies for a ballot paper is satisfied as to the matters specified in section 79(1).

(2) No person shall be entitled to vote in a polling place at an election unless he is entitled to do so under subsection (1).

(3) Every elector who votes at an election shall, subject to the provisions of this Act relating to voting by proxy and to the marking of ballot papers on behalf of blind and incapacitated electors, vote at a polling place in person.

(4) Without prejudice to the provisions of this Act relating to voting as a proxy and to the marking of ballot paper on behalf of blind and incapacitated electors, no elector shall vote more than once at the election.

Voting to be at polling place where elector’s name displayed

Section 28 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

An elector shall be entitled to vote (whether in person or as a proxy on behalf of another elector) at the polling place where is displayed in pursuance of section 36 the official list of electors or part thereof, as the case may be, on which his name appears; and no elector shall, subject to section 29, be entitled to vote (either in person or as a proxy on behalf of another elector), at any other polling place.

Right of electors in certain cases to vote at other polling places

Section 29 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) The Elections Commission may by notice published in the Gazette specify divisions or groups of divisions to which subsections (2) and (3) shall apply:

Provided that divisions which form part of different districts shall not be grouped together.

(2) An elector whose name appears on the official list of electors of a division which is one of a group of divisions specified by the Elections Commission by notice under this section may vote at any polling place in that group of divisions.

(3) An elector whose name appears on the official list of electors of a division which is specified by the Elections Commission by notice under this section may vote at any polling place in that division.

(4) An elector who, in the district in which his address ad entered in the official list of electors affixed under section 34(2)(a)(iv) is situate is employed as an election officer, member of the Police Force or of the Guyana Defence Force for a purpose connected with the election at a polling place other than that where his name is displayed under section 28 may vote at that polling place if, not later than the day before election day, he obtains from the returning officer of that district a certificate under his hand, in Form 4, authorizing him to vote at that polling place, which certificate shall state the name of the elector, the number of his identity paper and the fact that he is tob e so employed.

Entitlement to vote by proxy

Section 30 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) The following electors shall be entitled to vote by proxy at an election –

  1. those unable, or likely to be unable, to go in person to the polling place, at which they are entitled to vote, for any of the following reasons –

(i) the particular circumstances of that person’s employment on the election day either as a member of a disciplined force, or as a rural constable, or for a purpose connected with the election, by a returning officer;

(ii) the fact that at the election that person is acting as returning officer for a district other than the district in which his address as entered in the official list of electors is situate;

(iii) the particular circumstances of that person’s employment on the election day by the returning officer for a district, other than the district in which his address as entered in the official list of electors is situate, for a purpose connected with the election in that district.

(iv) the fact that that person is an employee of the Transport and Harbours Department engaged in running a vessel on the election day;

  1. a candidate at the election, where he is unable, or likely to be unable, to go in person to the polling place at which he is entitled to vote, by reason of being engaged in any activity connected with the election in a district other than the district in which that polling place is situate;

  2. those unable, or likely to be unable, by reason either of blindness or any other physical incapacity, to go in person to the polling place or, if able to go, to vote unaided.

(2) Not more than one person shall be appointed to vote as a proxy on behalf of any one elector.

(3) No person shall be appointed to vote as a proxy -

  1. on behalf of another elector unless he is himself an elector who is entitled to vote at the same polling place as that at which the elector on whose behalf his appointment is sought is entitled to vote;

  2. for more than two electors.

(4) An elector voting as a proxy on behalf of another elector so shall do at the same polling place and at the same time as he votes on his own behalf.

Application for appointment of proxy.

Section 31 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

Every application for any such appointment of an elector to vote as proxy at an election shall -

  1. be in writing in Form 5;

  2. be addressed to the returning officer of such district as shall comprise the division in which the applicant’s name is displayed under section 34(2)(a)(iv), and be sent to that officer so as to be received by him not later than the 10th day before election day;

  3. be accompanied by the consent in writing of the elector, named as proxy therein to his appointment.

Notice of appointment as proxy and list of proxies

Section 32 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) If a returning officer is satisfied that an application for the appointment of another elector to vote as a proxy on behalf of the applicant has been duly submitted in accordance with section 31 and that the person whose appointment is sought is entitled to vote as a proxy on behalf of the applicant and consents to his appointments, he shall issue to that person a notice of appointment as a proxy in Form 6 and shall notify the applicant accordingly.

(2) If the returning officer refuses the application he shall notify the applicant of his refusal and of his reasons therefore.

(3) The returning officer of each district shall keep a list of proxies which shall be in Form 7 and shall set out the names, addresses and the serial numbers of the registration cards of the electors for whom the proxies have been appointed and of the electors who have been appointed to vote as proxies on their behalf; and the returning officer shall on the request of an election agent allow him, on the 4th day before election day, to inspect and copy the list.

Cancellation of appointment as proxy

Section 33 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

An elector may cancel the appointment of another person to vote as a proxy on his behalf by giving notice in writing in Form 8 addressed and sent to the returning officer who issued the notice of appointment so that the notice of cancellation is received by the returning officer not later than the 10th day before election day; and thereupon the notice of appointment shall be void and the returning officer shall -

  1. so notify the elector whose appointment as a proxy is cancelled;

  2. delete the names of both electors from the list of proxies.

 

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