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The Paurashava Ordinance, 1977 (Ordinance)

( Ordinance NO. XXVI OF 1977 )

Chapter II


Conduct of elections
25. All elections of Chairman and 2[Commissioners 3[* * *]] of a Paurashava shall be organised, held and conducted by
the Election Commission in accordance with the rules, and such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-
(a) the appointment of returning officers, assistant returning officers, presiding officers and polling officers for the conduct of election, and powers and duties of such officers;
(b) the nomination of candidates, objections to nominations and scrutiny of nominations;
(c) the deposits to be made by candidates and the circumstances under which such deposits may be refunded to candidates or forfeited to the Paurashava;
(d) the withdrawal of candidature;
(e) the appointment of agents of candidates;
(f) the procedure in contested and uncontested elections;
(g) the date, time and place for poll and other matters relating to the conduct of elections;
(h) the manner in which votes are to be given;
(i) the scrutiny and counting of votes, the declaration of the result and the procedure to be followed in case of equality of votes;
(j) the custody and disposal of ballot papers and other papers relating to elections;
(k) the circumstances under which polls may be suspended and fresh polls may be held;
(l) the election expenses;
(m) the corrupt or illegal practices and other election offences and penalties therefore; and
(n) any other matter connected with or incidental to elections.

  • 1
    The commas and words “,OTHER THAN IN RESERVED SEATS,” were omitted by section 4 of the Paurashava (Amendment) Act, 1998 (Act No. II of 1998).
  • 2
    The words and commas “Commissioners, other than election of Commissioners in reserved seats,” were substituted for the words “elected Commissioners” by section 15 of the Paurashava (Third Amendment) Act, 1992 (Act No. LII of 1992)
  • 3
    The commas and words “,other than election of Commissioners in reserved seats,” were omitted by section 9 of the Paurashava (Amendment) Act, 1998 (Act No. II of 1998)
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