HomeSitemapfaq
About GECOMAbout GuyanaReportsLinksContact
 

 

 

Notice of poll

Section 34 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) Not later than the 20th day before election day the returning officer of each district shall give a notice of poll which shall be in Form 9 and which shall specify –

  1. the day on and the hours between which the poll will be taken; and

  2. the situation of each polling place in the district.

(2) Not later than the 14th day before election day the returning officer shall -

  1. cause to be affixed to one building in each division of his district the following:

(i) a copy of the notice of poll;

(ii) a copy of each list of candidates published in accordance with section 19;

(iii) notification of joinder of any such lists; and

(iv) a copy of the official list of electors for that division;

  1. cause such further publication of such lists and notification as he may think desirable to bring their contents to the attention of electors in his district.

(3) The hours between which the poll shall be taken shall be from 6 o’clock in the forenoon until 6 o’clock in the afternoon at all polling places in all districts unless the Elections Commission shall prescribe different hours, being twelve consecutive hours, for any polling place.

(4) Nothing in subsection (2) shall be construed as precluding the returning officer from annexing to the copy of the official list of voters affixed under that subsection copies of such supplementary lists as are mentioned in section 2(4).

Division of official list of electors

Section 35 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

Where more than one polling place is established for any division the returning officer of the district in which the division is situate shall apportion in such manner as he thinks, fit between the polling places so established, the entries in the official list of electors for that division and shall compile such lists of electors as comprise the entries allotted to such polling places, respectively; and each list so compiled shall be regarded and dealt with as a part of the said official list.

Display of lists at polling places

Section 36 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

The returning officer for each district shall cause to be displayed at every polling place therein a copy of the official list of electors for the division in which that polling place is situate or, as the case may be, a copy of such part of the said list as has been allotted to that polling place under section 35 and the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply mutates mutandis in the case of any polling place established under subsections (4) and (5) of section 6.

Preparation of polling places

Section 37 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

The returning officer of each district shall before election day cause every polling place in his district to be provided with -

  1. such doors, barriers, tables, chairs and other conveniences as are necessary or desirable, or as the Chief Election Officer may direct, for the purpose of implementing this Act;

  2. such number of compartments as are necessary or desirable and in which electors can vote free from observation.

Printing of directions for voting and ballot papers.

Section 38 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

The Chief Election Officer shall cause to be printed in Forms 10, 11 and 12 and sent to the returning officer of each district before election day a sufficient number of the following documents -

  1. directions for voting;

  2. ballot papers;

  3. tendered ballot papers.

Requirements of ballot papers

Section 39 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) Every such ballot paper shall -

  1. contain, serially numbered on the left hand side and in alphabetical order of the initial letters of the title of each list of candidates, the initial letters, title and symbol of each list of candidates;

  2. be capable of being folded up;

  3. be attached to a counterfoil bearing, printed on the face, a serial number and the words and dots “Elector’s number …”

(2) In the printing of the ballot paper -

  1. no letter, word or design shall be printed on the face except the initial letters, titles and symbols of the lists of candidates;

  2. no rule shall be printed on the face except the horizontal rules separating the particulars of the lists of candidates from one another and the vertical rules separating those particulars from the numbers on the left hand side and from the spaces on the right where the symbols are shown and separating the spaces for symbols from the spaces on their right where the vote is to b marked.

  3. the whole space between the top and bottom of the paper shall be equally divided between the lists of candidates by rules separating their particulars;

  4. the initial letters of each list of candidates shall be printed in large capitals and the full titles of each list in small capitals.

(3) Tendered ballot papers shall be of a different colour from ordinary ballot papers but, subject to such difference of colour, this section shall apply to tendered ballot paper as it does to ordinary ballot papers.

Requirements of ballot paper for geographic constituencies

Section 39A of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) Every ballot paper for a geographical constituency shall

  1. contain, serially numbered on the left hand side, and in alphabetical order of the initial letters of each list of a contesting party, the title and symbol of each contesting party; but the serial numbering on the ballot paper under paragraph (a) and the serial numbering on the counterfoil, under paragraph (c) shall be done in such a manner as to ensure that the two sets of serial numbers cannot be correlated;

  2. be capable of being folded;

  3. be attached to a counterfoil bearing, printed on the face, a serial number and the words and dots –

“Elector’s No. ………….. in the Official List”.

(2) in the printing of the ballot paper -

  1. no letter, wood or design shall be printed on the face except the initial letters, title and symbol of the contesting parties;

  2. no rules shall be printed on the face except the horizontal rules separating the particulars of the contesting parties from one another and the vertical rules separating those particulars from the numbers on the left hand side and from the spaces on the right where the symbols are shown and separating the spaces for symbols from the spaces on their right where the vote is to be marked.

  3. The whole space between the top and the bottom of the paper shall be equally divided between the contesting parties by rules separating their particulars.

  4. The initial letters of each contesting party shall be printed in large capitals and the full titles of each in small capitals.

(3) The symbols shall be printed between the party’s particulars and the vertical rule separating the parties’ particulars from the spaces where the vote is to be marked.

(4) Tendered ballot papers shall be of a different colour from ordinary ballot papers subject to difference of colour, this section shall apply to tendered ballot papers as it does to ordinary ballot papers.

  1. The ballot paper shall be in Form 11 in the Schedule.

Supplies of election material

Section 40 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

(1) The returning officer of each district shall supply to every presiding officer in his district the following –

  1. a sufficient number of ballot papers and tendered ballot papers, together with a statement showing the numbers supplied and their serial numbers;

  2. a sufficient number of copies of the directions for voting;

  3. a sufficient number of copies of this Act (including any amendments made thereto for the purpose of holding any election pursuant to article 60(2) of the Constitution but not yet incorporated in the text thereof as published in any revision thereof made pursuant to the Law Revision Act;

  4. a sufficient number of copies of the official list of electors or part thereof, as the case may require, containing the names of the electors entitled to vote at the polling place;

  5. a sufficient number of copies of the list of proxies;

  6. a ballot box end materials for affixing thereto or stamping thereon the seal of the presiding officer;

  7. the several forms of oaths to be administered to electors;

  8. a poll book;

  9. the necessary envelopes and such other forms, documents and supplies as may be authorized by, or furnished at the direction of, the Chief Election Officer;

  10. a sufficient number of copies of each list of candidates published in accordance with section 19.

(2) The ballot box shall be of convenient size and so constructed that the ballot papers can be placed therein, but cannot be withdrawn therefrom, without the box being unlocked.

(3) The poll book shall be in Form 13.

Display of lists of candidates and directions for voting

Section 41 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

The presiding officer of each polling place shall before the opening of the poll post up a conspicuous position outside the polling place a copy of -

  1. the directions of voting;

  2. the lists of candidates published in accordance with section 19.

Safe custody of election material

Section 42 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

The presiding officer of each polling place shall, until the opening of the poll, keep the documents supplied to him in pursuance of section 40 (other than those required to be posted up by section 41) locked in the ballot box or other depository and shall take every precaution to prevent any person having unauthorized access thereto.

Application of section 12 of the National Registration Act

Section 43 of the Representation of the People Act (Cap. 1:03) states:-

Section 12 of the National Registration Act shall apply in relation to every person who is an elector but, in such application, shall have effect as if -

  1. the words, “and cause them to be issued in such manner as he thinks fit to,” had been deleted therefrom; and

  2. the words “and shall cause every such registration card to be issued in such manner as the Commissioner thinks fit to the person for whom it has been prepared, or to be made available for his procurement in such manner as the Commissioner may specify by notice published in the Gazette” had been inserted immediately after the word “Act” therein:

Provided that if the Commissioner of Registration finds it for any reason impracticable –

    1. for a print of the photograph of any elector to be affixed to such identification card of that elector as may be required for the purposes of this Act;

    2. for any such identification card of an elector as aforesaid to be prepared in conformity with regulation 20(2)(b) of the National Registration (Resident) Regulations.

the lack of any such print or preparation, as the case may be, shall not invalidate the identification card for the said purposes.

 

 

About GECOM | About Guyana | Reports and Manuals | Links | Contact GECOM