Harbours Act, 1946

Procedure at election of chairman or vice-chairman.

22.—At an election of a chairman or vice-chairman of a harbour authority, the following provisions shall have effect:

(a) the proceedings shall begin by a member or members being proposed and seconded and no person who is not then proposed and seconded shall be a candidate;

(b) where there is only one candidate, he shall be elected;

(c) where there are more than two candidates, a poll shall be taken;

(d) if at such poll a majority of members present vote for any particular candidate, he shall be elected;

(e) if at such poll no candidate receives the votes of a majority of the members present, the candidate receiving the least number of votes shall be eliminated and, subject to the provisions of paragraph (g) of this section, one or more further polls (according as may be necessary) shall be taken;

(f) paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section shall apply in relation to such further poll or polls;

(g) where there are only two candidates or where, as a result of one or more polls taken under this section, all the candidates except two have been eliminated, the question as to which of such candidates shall be elected shall be put to the members present and whichever of such candidates receives the greater number of votes on such question shall be elected;

(h) if from an equality of votes given to two or more candidates any question arises under this section as to which of such candidates is to be eliminated or as to which of such candidates is to be elected, such question shall be decided by lot.