Adjournment of poll

195 Adjournment of poll


Subject to the concurrence of the Electoral Commission, where the polling at any polling place cannot start or has to be suspended whether by reason of riot or open violence, natural disaster, or any other cause, the Returning Officer may adjourn the taking of the poll at that polling place to the following day, and if necessary from day to day until the poll can be taken, and shall, if he or she adjourns the taking of the poll, forthwith give public notice of the adjournment in such manner as he or she thinks fit.


Notwithstanding subsection (1), the poll shall not be kept open for more than 10 hours in all at any polling place.


Where the close of the poll at any polling place is adjourned under this section for any number of days, the day on or before which the writ is made returnable shall be postponed by the same number of days.

Compare: 1956 No 107 s 125

Section 195(1): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 94 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).

Section 195(1): amended, on 28 February 2002, by section 101(1) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).