(1) This section applies if anything required to be done in relation to the conduct of the referendum by or under sections 8 to 20 or any regulations under this Act—
(a) is not done at the time required; or
(b) cannot be done at the time required; or
(c) is done before or after the time required; or
(d) is done in any other irregular manner or form.
(2) The Governor-General may, by Order in Council, at any time before or after the time within which anything is required to be done,—
(a) extend the time; or
(b) validate anything done before or after the time required; or
(c) validate anything irregularly done in manner or form.
(3) However, this section does not apply to any matter described in subsection (1) if the High Court finds that the irregularity has materially affected the result of the referendum.