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Interpretation of Part VI

Section 44 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) In this part –

“ballot officer” means

  1. an ambassador or High Commissioner resident in any country and representing Guyana therein;

  2. any person appointed to be a ballot officer in any other country in which an ambassador or High Commissioner is accredited but is not resident therein;

“non-resident elector” means an elector whose name is on the non-resident electors’ roll;

“non-resident electors’ roll” means the non-resident electors’ roll as prescribed by subsection (2).

(2) The non-resident elector’s roll shall be the preliminary list of the electors not resident in Guyana comprising the persons specified in subsection (3), prepared before election day in pursuance of section 14 of the National Registration Act or last prepared in pursuance thereof before such day, as the case may be, but with every such modification as may be necessary to bring that list into conformity with the central register (to the extent to which it consists of the registration cards of electors aforesaid) -

  1. as altered under section 15(6) of the National Registration Act to give effect to claims and objections finally determined before the said election day;

  1. pursuant to any alteration thereto made under section 8 of the National Registration Act, prior to the date of publication in the Gazette under section 19 of the names of candidates, for the purpose of changing the registered address, name or occupation of an elector;

  1. pursuant to the cancellation therein under section 8 aforesaid of an elector’s registration effected in contravention of section 11(1) of the National Registration Act, or of relating to an elector who does not exist by reason of death or otherwise ought not to be registered;

and every reference made to the non-resident electors’ roll in the provisions hereinafter contained shall, in relation to any time on or before election day, be construed as a reference to such preliminary list as aforesaid with such modifications thereto (if any) as, at that time, shall have been made in conformity with this subsection.

(3) The preliminary list of electors not resident in Guyana shall consist of the names of every elector not resident in Guyana who is -

(i) an Ambassador or a High Commissioner;

(ii) the wife or husband or child of an Ambassador or High Commissioner;

(iii) a member of the staff of an Embassy or High Commission;

(iv) the wife or husband or child of a member of staff of an Embassy or High Commission.

(4) In subsection (2) or (3) reference to a preliminary list is a reference to such list read in conjunction with any supplementary list prepared for a revision of that preliminary list pursuant to regulations made under the National Registration Act for the purpose of showing the aforementioned modifications.

 

Display of non-resident electors’ roll

Section 45 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

The Chief Election Officer shall cause a copy of the non-resident electors’ roll to be displayed for public information, or for the information, of non-resident electors, at every such place as the Commission may appoint by notice published in the Gazette.

Printing of ballot officers’ supplies

Section 46 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

The Chief Election Officer shall cause to be printed and supplied to each ballot officer a sufficient number of the following:

  1. copies of directions for balloting by non-resident electors;

  2. ballot papers;

  3. such envelopes and forms as are requisite;

to enable the ballot officer to carry out his functions under this Act; and the Chief Election Officer shall make the necessary arrangements to be provided with a sufficient number of the same for the purpose of carrying out his like functions under Part VII.

Non-resident electors’ ballot papers

Section 47 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) Ballot papers supplied to ballot officers and used by non-resident electors shall be of a different colour from all other ballot papers conforming to the requirements of section 39 but, subject to such difference of colour, shall conform to those requirements in the like manner as such other ballot papers.

(2) Reference in subsection (1) to ballot papers supplied to ballot officers shall be construed to include reference to ballot papers with which the Chief Election Officer is provided under section 46.

Additional supplies for ballot officers

Section 48 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

In addition to the supplies to be furnished under section 46, the Chief Election Officer shall provide every ballot officer with -

  1. a sufficient number of copies of this Act;

  2. a sufficient number of copies of the non-resident electors’ roll in so far as it comprises entries relating to electors resident in the country in which that ballot officer is accredited to represent Guyana or appointed to be a ballot officer, as the case may be;

  3. a statement showing he number of ballot papers supplied tohim under section 46(b) and their serial numbers; and

  4. such other documents and supplies as the Chief Election Officer may consider expedient;

for use by that ballot officer in the execution of his functions; and the Chief Election Officer shall record every such statement and the number of ballot papers with which he is provided under arrangements mentioned in section 46 and the serial numbers of the ballot papers so provided.

Safe custody of officers’ supplies

Section 49 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

Every officer shall be responsible for the safe custody of all supplies with which he is furnished or provided under section 46 or 48 and shall take every precaution to prevent any person having unauthorized access thereto.

 

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