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The Representation of the People Order, 1972 (President's Order)


Chapter III


33. (1) If, at the time a person applies for a ballot paper for the purpose of voting, a candidate or his 1[election agent or] polling agent declares to the Presiding Officer that he has reasonable cause to believe that that person has already voted at the election, at the same or another polling station or is not the person against whose name entered in the electoral roll he is seeking to vote, and undertakes to prove the charge in a Court of law and deposits with the Presiding Officer in cash such sum as may be prescribed, the Presiding Officer may, after warning the person of the consequences and obtaining his thumb impression and, if he is literate, also his signature, on the counterfoil, issue a ballot paper (hereinafter referred to as “challenged ballot paper”) to that person.
(2) If the Presiding Officer issues a ballot paper under clause (1) to such person he shall enter the name and address of that person in a list to be prepared by him (hereinafter referred to as “the challenged votes list”) and obtain thereon the thumb impression and, if he is literate, also the signature, of that person.
(3) A ballot paper issued under clause (1) shall, after it has been marked and folded by the elector, be placed in the same condition in a separate packet bearing the label “challenged ballot papers” instead of being placed in the ballot box.

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    The words “election agent or” were inserted by section 12 of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2001 (Act No. LVII of 2001)
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