Failure to comply with the provisions of this law

38.-(1) No election shall be invalid by reason of any failure to comply with the provisions of this Law relating to elections if it appears that the election was conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in such provisions and that such failure did not affect the result of the election.

(2) Where in this Law any act or thing is required or authorized to be done in the presence of the candidates or their agents, the non-attendance of the candidates or agents at the time and place appointed for the purpose shall not, if that act or thing is otherwise duly done, invalidate that act or thing.