Údarás na Gaeltachta Act, 1979

Regulations for Part IV.

33.—(1) The Minister may make regulations for the purpose of giving effect to this Part.

(2) Regulations under this section may, in particular and without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), make provision for all or any of the following matters in relation to elections :—

(i) nominations,

(ii) deposits by candidates,

(iii) procedure when no candidate stands nominated in a constituency,

(iv) procedure where the number of persons nominated for a constituency is less than the number of members which that constituency is entitled to return,

(v) death of a candidate,

(vi) duties and staff of a returning officer and of any deputy returning officer,

(vii) the form of the ballot paper to be used,

(viii) the taking of a poll and the counting of votes,

(ix) the maintenance of secrecy of voting,

(x) the custody of ballot papers and the manner of their disposal,

(xi) the designation of polling districts and polling places,

(xii) the use (free of charge) of schools and public rooms,

(xiii) arrangements for postal voting,

(xiv) polling on islands,

(xv) the use of local authority ballot boxes and other election equipment,

(xvi) interference with ballot boxes or ballot papers,

(xvii) removal of persons misconducting themselves in polling stations,

(xviii) the issue of polling cards,

(xix) the use of registers of electors prepared for the purpose of local elections and the compilation from such registers of registers which shall be the registers of electors for an tÚdarás.

(3) Regulations under this section—

(a) may apply to an election such statutory provisions relating to local elections as may be specified and may make such modifications or adaptations of such provisions as may be necessary, and

(b) may create electoral offences and prescribe penalties for them, such penalties not to exceed those applying to corresponding offences in relation to local elections.

(4) Where regulations under this section are proposed to be made, a draft of the regulations shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas and the regulations shall not be made until a resolution approving the draft has been passed by each House.