Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act, 1954

Amendment of Chapter III of Part V of Principal Act.

12.—Chapter III of Part V of the Principal Act is hereby amended by the insertion after section 68 of the following section:

“68A. (1) If on the expiration of the time for receiving nomination papers the Seanad returning officer has not received a nomination paper, or if, following the ruling upon nominations, no candidate stands validly nominated, the Seanad returning officer shall so report to the Minister and the relevant Seanad bye-election order shall thereupon become and be annulled, and the Minister shall make a new Seanad bye-election order in lieu thereof.

(2) A new Seanad bye-election order made under subsection (1) of this section shall be a Seanad bye-election order within the meaning and for the purposes of this Act and this Act (including this section) shall apply and have effect in relation thereto, save that the time within which the Minister shall make such new Seanad bye-election order shall be whichever of the following periods later expires, that is to say, one hundred and eighty days after he receives the relevant notice of a casual vacancy from the Clerk of Seanad Éireann or sixty days after he receives the report mentioned in the said subsection (1) from the Seanad returning officer.

(3) The annulment of a Seanad bye-election order by virtue of this section shall not prejudice or affect the right of the Seanad returning officer to be paid under this Act his reasonable charges in respect of duties performed in pursuance of such order.”