Nomination of Candidates
Nomination papers

10.-(1) Any person qualified to be a candidate in accordance with the provisions of this Law may be nominated as a candidate for an election.

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(3) Every candidate shall, at the time of nomination, deliver to the Returning Officer-

(a) his nomination paper; and

(b) a statutory declaration of his qualifications made and subscribed by the candidate in the Form 4 of the First Schedule;

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(hereinafter referred to as "the nomination papers"). If such nomination papers are not delivered by or on behalf of the candidate at the time of nomination, the nomination shall be deemed to be void.

(4) he Returning Officer may at any time between the date of the issue of the writ and 12 o' clock noon of the day of nomination supply forms of nomination papers to any person whose name appears in a Register.

Deposit by candidate

11.-(1) Every candidate not later than the time his nomination papers are delivered at the office of the Returning Officer in accordance with sections 10 and 12 shall deposit or cause to be deposited with the Returning Officer the sum of (2.000) or a written receipt issued by or on behalf of the Accountant-General (2.000) received from or on account of such candidate in respect of such deposit and the nomination shall not be valid until such deposit has been made.

(2) The deposit of (2.000) referred to in subsection (1) shall be repayable to the candidate and in the case of his death to his heirs or his personal representative if-

(a) there is no contested election; or

(b) if there is a contested election, the candidate obtains votes equal to not less o (3%)of the total of votes validly polled,

and in any other case such deposit shall be forfeited and shall be paid into general revenue.

Proceedings on nomination day

12.-(1) The Returning Officer shall on the day of nomination attend at the place of nomination at the appointed time to receive the nomination papers of every candidate.

(2) The nomination papers shall be delivered to the Returning Officer on the day and at the appointed time at the place of nomination by the candidate himself or his proposer or one of his seconders and if not so delivered they shall be rejected.

(3) On receipt of the completed nomination papers the Returning Officer shall forthwith publish, by posting it in a conspicuous place at the place of nomination, a notice containing the name of the candidate and the names of his proposer and seconders.

(4) The candidate nominated by each nomination paper and his proposer and one of his seconders and one other person appointed by the candidate in writing shall be entitled to be present at the nomination proceedings and there and then to examine the nomination papers of candidates which have been received at the place of nomination. No other person except the Returning Officer and his assistants shall be entitled to attend the nomination proceedings.

Objections to nomination papers

13.-(1) Objection may be made to any nomination papers on all or any of the following grounds:-

(a) that the description of the candidate is insufficient to identify the candidate;

(b) that the nomination papers do not comply with or were not delivered in accordance with the provisions of this Law;

(c) that it is apparent from the contents of the nomination papers that thecandidate is not capable of being elected;

(d) that no deposit as provided by section 11 was deposited,

by any person whose name appears in a Register of the same community as that of the candidate.

(2) Any such objection shall be in writing and specify the grounds on which it is based. The objection shall be delivered to the Returning Officer not later than six hours after the expiration of the time appointed for the nomination.

(3) The Returning Officer shall, with the least possible delay, decide on every objection and inform the candidate and objector of his decision which, if disallowing the objection, shall be final and conclusive and shall not be questioned in any Court of law, but, if allowing the objection, may be reversed on an election petition questioning the election.

(4) The Returning Officer may of his own motion declare invalid on any of the grounds set out in sub-section (1) any nomination papers and thereupon he shall inform the candidate concerned of his decision which may be reversed on an election petition questioning the election.

Withdrawal of candicate

14.-(1) A candidate may, at any time prior to the date of the poll, or, in the case of an uncontested election, at any time before he is declared to be elected, withdraw his candidature by giving a notice in writing to that effect signed by him to the Returning Officer.

(2) The Returning Officer on receiving the notice under subsection (1) shall forthwith cause notice of such withdrawal to be posted in a conspicuous place outside the place of nomination.

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16.-(1) If on the day of nomination and at the expiration of the time appointed therefor no person is or remains nominated the Returning Officer shall forthwith report the fact to the Governor*.

(2) In every such case the Governor* shall fix some other convenient day for the election and the proceedings relating to elections shall commence afresh.