Electoral Regulations 1996

  • This version was replaced on 28 August 2017 to make corrections to regulations 4B, 18(2), 19(1) and (1)(b), 21(5)(a)(iv), 25(5), 26(3), 45(1)(b), (1)(b)(i), and (2), 46(2) and (7)(b), 49(1)(b)(i) and (2)(a), and form 15 in Schedule 1 under section 25(1)(i), (j)(ii), (iii), and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.
19 Facilities for special voting

(1)

Following the close of nominations and the completion of the discharge by the Electoral Commission of its duties under section 128 of the Act in respect of the lists of candidates, ballot papers may be issued to special voters at any time before the close of the poll,—

(a)

in the case of a general election, by any Returning Officer or any Issuing Officer, to electors of any electoral district:

(b)

in the case of a by-election in any electoral district, by the Returning Officer for the district, or any Issuing Officer or any Registrar of Electors, or any person authorised by any Registrar of Electors, to electors of the district.

(2)

Where an election is to be held in any district, the Returning Officer—

(a)

must, during the period beginning with the completion of the discharge by the Electoral Commission of its duties under section 128 of the Act in respect of the lists of candidates and ending with the close of the day before polling day, maintain within the district at least 1 office, open on such days and at such times as the Returning Officer decides, where—

(i)

ballot papers and voting papers may be issued to special voters; and

(ii)

special voters may vote; and

(b)

may, at any time during the period specified in paragraph (a), maintain outside the district 1 or more offices, open on such days and at such times as the Returning Officer decides, where—

(i)

ballot papers and voting papers may be issued to special voters; and

(ii)

special voters may vote.

(3)

Ballot papers and voting papers may be issued to special voters during the hours of polling by any Issuing Officer in a like manner as by Returning Officers.

(4)

It shall be the duty of every Returning Officer to ensure that, as far as practicable, facilities for special voting are made available at every hospital, maternity home, or institution for the reception or relief of persons requiring medical or surgical or other treatment or suffering from any illness, disease, or disability, or for convalescent, aged, infirm, incurable, destitute, or poor people.

(5)

Without limiting the generality of subclause (3), for the purpose of enabling hospital votes to be exercised in accordance with regulation 23, the Returning Officer in whose district any such hospital, maternity home, or institution as aforesaid is situated shall ensure that, as far as practicable, there are provided at the hospital, maternity home, or institution the main and supplementary rolls, ballot papers, and voting papers for the districts ordinarily served by the hospital, maternity home, or institution, and a ballot box for each such district.

(6)

Any person issuing ballot papers or voting papers in any hospital, maternity home, or institution may, with the approval of the chief executive officer or other person having charge of the hospital, maternity home, or institution, be accompanied by any persons appointed respectively by the local branches of political or other organisations interested in the election or poll; and if he or she is not accompanied by any such person he or she shall be accompanied by a person appointed by the Returning Officer.

(7)

Copies of party lists—

(a)

must be available for inspection by special voters; and

(b)

may be sent to special voters who do not apply in person for special voting papers.

Regulation 19(1): amended, on 1 October 2010, by section 32(2)(c) of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 26).

Regulation 19(1)(a): amended, on 16 May 2002, by regulation 6(1)(a) of the Electoral Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2002 (SR 2002/96).

Regulation 19(1)(b): amended, on 16 May 2002, by regulation 6(1)(b) of the Electoral Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2002 (SR 2002/96).

Regulation 19(2): replaced, on 1 June 2014, by regulation 4 of the Electoral Amendment Regulations 2014 (LI 2014/122).

Regulation 19(3): amended, on 16 May 2002, by regulation 6(2) of the Electoral Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2002 (SR 2002/96).

Regulation 19(7): added, on 16 May 2002, by regulation 6(3) of the Electoral Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2002 (SR 2002/96).