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


Chapter VII


1[91C. (1) The Commission may permit in writing any person, whether national or foreign, as an election observer who is in no way associated with or affiliated to, any political party or contesting candidate and who is not known for his sympathy, direct or indirect, for any particular political ideology, creed or cause or for any manifesto, program, aims or object of any political party or contesting candidate.


(2) An election observer may, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Commission, observe any poll by staying, near about any polling station or entering into, with the permission of the Presiding Officer, any polling booth or polling station or by being present at the counting of votes or consolidation of the results of the count.


(3) No election observer shall be allowed to observe the poll as aforesaid, unless he displays the permit of the Commission bearing his name, nationality and photograph attested by the Commission.


(4) An election observer may be asked by any Returning Officer or Presiding Officer to leave any constituency or polling station, if he is found indulging in any activities not befitting any neutral election observer or interfering with the polling process or with the work of the election authorities in any manner.


(5) Any action taken under clause (4) shall be reported to the Commission forthwith.


(6) An election observer may submit a report to the Commission or the Returning Officer on his observation about the fairness or otherwise of the poll, discipline and situation inside and outside the polling station, counting of votes, consolidation of the results of the count, compliance with the provisions of this Order or the rules or the Code of Conduct, or on any other matter relating to election.


(7) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Order, the Commission or the Returning Officer, as the case may be, may consider the report of an election observer along with any other report submitted or sent to it or him under this Order at the time of taking any decision under any provision of this Order in respect of any matter on which the report of the observer has any bearing.

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    Articles 91C and 91D were inserted by section 42 of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2001 (Act No. LVII of 2001)
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