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excluded day) before the latest day for receiving nominations and between
hours of 10-a.m. and 12 noon on suth latest day.'
sel ect"ion of nomi nati on papers .
19. The returning officer shall number the nom'ination papers in the order in
which they are received and the first valid nom'ination paper
rece-ived by the
returning-officer nom'inating a candidate for election fbr'a local elect6ral area
shall be deemed to be the nomination of that candidate for that local electoral
area.
Ru'l i ng on val i d'ity of nomi nati on papers .
20. (1) The returning officer shall rule on the validity of each nomination
paper vy'ithin one hour after its delivery and may rule that it is invalid if, but
on'ly if, he or she considers that it'is not properly made out or signed.
(2) The candidate nominated by each nomination paper and the candidate's
proposer, if any, and one other person designated by the candidate or
proposer,
as the case may be, and no other
person,
except with the
permiss'ion
of the
returning officer, shall be entitled to attend while the said nomination paper
is being ruled upon by the returning officer.
(3) rhe returning officer shall object to the name of a candidate in a
nomination paper
if such name*
(
a
)
is not a name by which the cand'idate is commonly known; or
(
b
)
is misleading and likely to cause confusion; or
(
c
)
is unduly long; or
(
d
)
contains a
political reference;
and where the returning officer so objects, he or she shall allow the candidate
or proposer, as may be appropriate, to amend the name and, if it is not so
amended to the returning officer's satisfaction, the returning officer may amend
i1, as he or she thinks-fit, after consultation'with the candidate or profroser,
if either is present, or may rule that the nomination papelis invalid'as'not
being properly made out.
(4)
The returning officer shall object to the description of a candidate in a
nom'ination paper wh'ich'is,
'in
the opinion of the returning officer,
'incorrect,
insufficient to'identify the cand'idate or unnecessari'ly long or which contains a
po'lit'ica1 reference other than, where appropriate, a rbference to a
public
or
elected office held, or formerly he1d, by the candidate or an entry made
pursuant to sub-article (5)
or (6) of article 1-4. where the returninq officer so
objects, he or she shall allow the candidate or
proposer,
as may be lppropriate,
to amend the description and, if it is not so amended to the returning officer's
satisfact'ionn the returning officer may amend or delete it, as he or ihe thinks
fit, after consultation with the candidate or proposer, if either is present, or
may rule that the nominatjon paper isinvalid as not being proper'ly made out.
(5)
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validity of a nomination paper, the returning officer
on the nomination oaper and shall sion the note. rf the
that the
paper
is inValid, the offic6r shall
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