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.
61 Issuing Officer may forward special votes by facsimile or electronically

(1)

If an Issuing Officer considers that it is doubtful whether forwarding an envelope containing a special vote under regulation 60(3)(a) will reach the Returning Officer by 7 pm on the tenth day following polling day, the Issuing Officer must, if a completed consent form in a form that the Electoral Commission has approved is attached to that envelope, deal with that envelope in accordance with this regulation.

(2)

If the Issuing Officer is satisfied that no other person is present, the Issuing Officer must, before the close of the poll, take each envelope required to be dealt with under this regulation and do the following:

(a)

extract the declaration form from the declaration compartment of each envelope, write the consecutive number from the declaration form on the outside of that envelope, and forward the declarations by facsimile or electronic transmission to the Electoral Commission; and

(b)

replace each declaration in the declaration compartment of the corresponding envelope, together with the consent form in a form that the Electoral Commission has approved; and

(c)

extract the ballot paper and any voting papers from the compartments of each of the envelopes marked “BALLOT AND/OR VOTING PAPERS”, remove any gummed paper covering the consecutive number on the ballot paper and any voting papers, and forward the ballot paper and any voting papers to the Electoral Commission electronically or by facsimile; and

(d)

replace the ballot paper and any voting papers in the compartment of the corresponding envelope marked “BALLOT AND/OR VOTING PAPERS”; and

(e)

reseal both compartments of the envelope; and

(f)

endorse on the envelope the words “Opened and forwarded under Part 4 of the Electoral Regulations 1996”, and sign and date that endorsement.

Regulation 61: replaced, on 1 June 2014, by regulation 21 of the Electoral Amendment Regulations 2014 (LI 2014/122).

Regulation 61(1): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 114 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).

Regulation 61(2)(b): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 114 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).