Electoral Act, 1963

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Number 19 of 1963.


ELECTORAL ACT, 1963.


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

Part I.

PRELIMINARY AND GENERAL

1.

Short title, commencement and collective citations.

2.

Interpretation generally.

3.

Repeals.

Part II.

FRANCHISE AND REGISTRATION

4.

Interpretation and construction (Parts II and III and Second Schedule).

5.

Franchise.

6.

Register of electors.

7.

Registration duties.

8.

Appeals.

Part III.

CONDUCT AND COSTS OF D?IL ELECTIONS

Chapter I.

General

9.

“General Election”, “Bye-Election” and “excluded day”.

10.

Maximum duration of Dáil.

11.

Returning officers and assistant, deputy and acting returning officers.

12.

Issue and return of writs.

13.

Register of Political Parties.

14.

Re-election of outgoing Chairman of Dáil Éireann.

15.

Specification by regulations of certain forms.

16.

Ballot paper.

17.

Destruction, etc. of ballot boxes or ballot papers.

Chapter II.

Nominations

18.

Last day for receiving nominations.

19.

Procedure after nominations.

20.

Deposit by candidates.

21.

Amendment of Rules 1 to 12 of Part I of Fifth Schedule to Principal Act.

Chapter III.

The Poll

22.

Polling districts and polling places.

23.

Polling cards.

24.

Times of poll.

25.

Presiding officers and poll clerks.

26.

Right to vote.

27.

Voting by blind, incapacitated, and illiterate persons.

28.

Alleged personation.

29.

Amendment of Principal Act as to official mark on ballot papers.

30.

Duties of presiding officer at close of poll.

31.

Secrecy.

32.

Death of candidate.

33.

Death of outgoing Chairman of Dáil Éireann.

34.

Advance polling on islands.

35.

Amendment of section 59 (b) of Principal Act.

Chapter IV.

The Count

36.

Amendment of Rules 2 and 12 of Third Schedule to Principal Act.

37.

Amendment of Rule 6 of Third Schedule to Principal Act.

38.

Amendment of Rule 6 (5) (a) of Third Schedule to Principal Act.

39.

Amendment of Rule 10 of Third Schedule to Principal Act.

40.

Amendment of Rule 12 (10) of Third Schedule to Principal Act.

41.

Amendment of Rules 29 to 33 of Part I of Fifth Schedule to Principal Act Candidates' agents.

42.

Amendment of Rule 37 of Part I of Fifth Schedule to Principal Act.

Part IV.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

43.

Interpretation and construction (Part IV and Third Schedule).

44.

Polling cards.

45.

Advance polling on islands.

46.

Notification of name of President elect to certain persons.

47.

Amendment of sections 12, 13 and 14 of Principal Act.

48.

Amendment of sections 6 and 20 of Principal Act.

49.

Presiding officers and poll clerks.

50.

Voting by postal voters.

51.

Right to vote.

52.

Ballot paper.

53.

Amendment of section 28. (2) of and Rule 11 of Third Schedule to Principal Act.

54.

Amendment of section 32 of Principal Act.

55.

Amendment of Rule 1 of First Schedule to Principal Act.

56.

Amendment of Rule 15 of First Schedule to Principal Act.

57.

Voting by blind, incapacitated, and illiterate persons.

58.

Alleged personation.

59.

Duties of presiding officer at close of poll.

60.

Amendment of Rules 22A, 23 and 24 of First Schedule to Principal Act.

61.

Amendment of Rules 27, 39 and 40 of First Schedule to Principal Act.

62.

Amendment of Rule 8 of Third Schedule to Principal Act.

Part V.

REFERENDA

63.

Interpretation and construction (Part V and Fourth Schedule).

64.

Polling cards.

65.

Advance polling on islands.

66.

Voting by persons in employment of local returning officers.

67.

Amendment of sections 8 (1), 10 (1) and 11 of Principal Act.

68.

Presiding officers and poll clerks.

69.

Voting by postal voters.

70.

Right to vote.

71.

Forms of ballot papers.

72.

Amendment of section 29. of Principal Act.

73.

Amendment of Rule 1 of First Schedule to Principal Act.

74.

Amendment of Principal Act as to official mark on ballot papers.

75.

Voting by blind, incapacitated, and illiterate persons.

76.

Alleged personation.

77.

Duties of presiding officer at close of poll.

78.

Amendment of Rules 23A and 24 of First Schedule to Principal Act.

79.

Amendment of Rules 30 and 32 of First Schedule to Principal Act.

Part VI.

LOCAL ELECTIONS

80.

Interpretation (Part VI).

81.

Year of election.

82.

Conduct of elections.

83.

Polling cards.

84.

Times of poll.

85.

Right to vote.

86.

Costs of elections.

87.

Electoral areas in certain county and other boroughs.

88.

Wards.

89.

District electoral divisions.

Part VII.

ELECTORAL ABUSES

90.

Amendment of Prevention of Electoral Abuses Act, 1923.

Part VIII.

MISCELLANEOUS

91.

Special provisions where two or more elections have same polling day.

92.

Adaptation or modification where there is emergency or special difficulty.

FIRST SCHEDULE.

Enactments Repealed.

SECOND SCHEDULE.

Forms (Dáil Elections).

THIRD SCHEDULE.

Form (Presidential Elections).

FOURTH SCHEDULE.

Forms of Ballot Papers at Referenda.


Acts Referred to

Electoral Act, 1923

1923, No. 12

Defence Act, 1954

1954, No. 18

Juries Act, 1927

1927, No. 23

Court Officers Act, 1926

1926, No. 27

Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1961

1961, No. 19

Presidential Elections Act, 1937

1937, No. 32

Electoral Act, 1960

1960, No. 43

Prevention of Electoral Abuses Act, 1923

1923, No. 38

Presidential Elections (Amendment) Act, 1946

1946, No. 29

Referendum Act, 1942

1942, No. 8

Referendum (Amendment) Act, 1946

1946, No. 30

Local Government Act, 1941

1941, No. 23

Harbours Act, 1946

1946, No. 9

Local Elections Act, 1953

1953, No. 15

School Attendance Act, 1926

1926, No. 17

Limerick City Management Act, 1934

1934, No. 35

Waterford City Management Act, 1939

1939, No. 25

Cork City Management (Amendment) Act, 1941

1941, No. 5

Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1930

1930, No. 27

Local Government (Galway) Act, 1937

1937 (Private), No. 3

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Number 19 of 1963.


ELECTORAL ACT, 1963.


AN ACT TO AMEND AND EXTEND THE ELECTORAL ACTS, 1923 TO 1961, THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ACTS, 1937 TO 1960, THE REFERENDUM ACTS, 1942 TO 1960, THE PREVENTION OF ELECTORAL ABUSES ACT, 1923 , AND THE ACTS RELATING TO LOCAL ELECTIONS AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [12th July, 1963.]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:—