The Prevention of Electoral Abuses Act, 1923

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Number 38.


THE PREVENTION OF ELECTORAL ABUSES ACT, 1923.


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I.

Corrupt Practices.

Section

1.

Definition of corrupt practice.

2.

Definition of bribery.

3.

Definition of personation.

4.

Definition of treating.

5.

Definition of undue influence.

6.

Penalties for corrupt practices.

7.

Disqualification of candidate guilty of corrupt practices.

PART II.

Illegal Practices.

8.

Excessive employment or payment to be illegal practice.

9.

Voting by prohibited, persons to be illegal.

10.

Voting when, disqualified or more than once to be illegal practice.

11.

Certain false statements concerning a candidate to be illegal practice.

12.

Disorderly conduct at a meeting to be illegal practice.

13.

Name and address of printer to be on all placards, etc.

14.

Expenses incurred by unauthorised persons.

15.

Punishment on conviction of illegal practice.

16.

Disqualification of candidate guilty of illegal practice.

17.

Certain expenditure to be illegal payment.

18.

Certain employment to be illegal.

19.

Certain premises not to be used for committee room.

20.

Punishment of illegal payment, employment or hiring.

21.

Saving for creditors.

PART III.

Prevention of Personation.

22.

Dáil candidate may appoint personation agents.

23.

Appointment of Sponsor and Challenger at a referendum.

24.

Personation agents at Seanad elections.

25.

Arrest of persons committing personation.

26.

Penalty for making false charge of personation.

PART IV.

Excuses and Exceptions for Corrupt Practices, Etc.

27.

Report exonerating candidate in certain cases of corrupt and illegal practice by agents.

28.

Power of High Court and election court to except innocent act from being illegal practice, etc.

PART V.

Dail Election Expenses.

29.

Nomination of election agent.

30.

Nomination of deputy election agent as sub-agent.

31.

Office of election agent and sub-agent.

32.

Making of contracts through election agent.

33.

Payment of expenses through election agent.

34.

Period for sending in claims and making payments for election expenses.

35.

Reference to taxation of claim against candidates.

36.

Personal expenses of candidate and petty expenses.

37.

Remuneration of election agent.

38.

Return and declaration respecting election expenses.

39.

Authorised excuse for non-compliance with provisions as to return and declaration respecting election expenses.

40.

Publication of summary of return of election expenses.

PART VI.

Election Agents at Seanad Elections.

41.

Appointment of election agent by Seanad candidate.

42.

Rights, duties and powers of Seanad election agents.

PART VII.

Disqualification of Electors.

43.

List in register of electors of persons incapacitated for voting by corrupt or illegal practices.

PART VIII.

Miscellaneous.

44.

Inquiry by Attorney-General into alleged corrupt or illegal practices.

45.

Removal of incapacity on proof that it was procured by perjury.

46.

Penalty for injuring ballot boxes or ballot papers.

47.

Penalties for certain offences relating to registration.

48.

Candidate at Seanad election becoming disqualified during election.

49.

Conditions on which employer may give leave of absence to employees to record their votes.

50.

Dáil candidates entitled to certain free postage.

51.

Election petitions in relation to Seanad elections.

52.

Limitation of time for prosecution of offence.

53.

Persons charged with corrupt practice may be found guilty of illegal practice.

54.

Prosecution on summary conviction, and appeal to quarter sessions.

55.

Publication of notices.

56.

Definitions.

57.

Repeals.

58.

Short title.

FIRST SCHEDULE.

Election expenses.

SECOND SCHEDULE.

Repeals.


Act Referred to

Electoral Act, 1923

No. 12 of 1923

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Number 38.


THE PREVENTION OF ELECTORAL ABUSES ACT, 1923.


AN ACT TO AMEND AND CONSOLIDATE THE LAW RELATING TO THE PREVENTION OF CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES AND OTHER ELECTORAL ABUSES AT ELECTIONS TO DAIL EIREANN, AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR THE PREVENTION OF SUCH PRACTICES AND ABUSES AT ELECTIONS TO SEANAD EIREANN AND AT A REFERENDUM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES CONNECTED THEREWITH. [8th August, 1923.]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS OF SAORST?T EIREANN AS FOLLOWS:—