Industrial Arbitration (Union Elections) Regulations 1980


11/Nov/1998 - Current (at 31 Dec 2005)
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    14. Form of ballot paper

    (1) The ballot paper for an election for an office shall be in a form that is in accordance with the rules of the union or, where there is no such or insufficient provision in those rules, in accordance with a form determined, subject to subregulations (2) and (3), by the returning officer.

    (2) Where the rules of the union do not provide for the order in which the names of candidates for election for an office shall appear on the ballot paper for that election, the full names shall appear in the alphabetical order of the surnames of the candidates or, in relation to candidates whose surnames are identical, in the alphabetical order of their Christian or given names.

    (3) The returning officer shall include on the ballot paper information and instructions to the voter with respect to the following matters and substantially in accordance with the following form

    (a) the title of the office to which the election relates;

    (b) the time and date of the close of the ballot;

    (c) how to mark the ballot paper in order to record a formal vote, so that such instructions shall comply with the rules of the union as far as possible;

    (d) where the rules of the union do not provide for the method of counting of the ballot the returning officer shall count the ballot on the principle that the candidate with the largest number of votes shall be elected;

    (e) not to put on the ballot paper any mark or writing by which the voter can be identified;

    (f) to place the ballot paper when completed in the envelope marked }ballot paper~ and then to seal that envelope;

    (g) to complete the details on the counterfoil; and

    (h) to place the ballot paper envelope (and the counterfoil if a separate one is used) in the envelope addressed to the returning officer, and then to seal the envelope addressed to the returning officer and post it to reach the returning officer before the time of the close of the ballot.

    (4) The returning officer shall obtain from the printer of the ballot papers a certificate stating the number of ballot papers printed in respect of the election.



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