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I, the undersigned, being the presiding officer for the polling station for the county [or borough] of

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hereby certify, that the above declaration, having been first read to the above named A.B., was signed by him in my presence with his


Signed, C.D.,
Presiding officer for
for the county [or borough] of

polling station

day of


Provisions of Registration Acts referred to in part III. of the foregoing


As to England.

6th & 7th Victoriæ, cap. 18. An Act to amend the law for the registra tion of persons entitled to vote, and to define certain rights of voting, and to regulate certain proceedings in the elections of members to serve in Parliament for England and Wales. Sections eighty-five to eighty-nine, both inclusive.

As to Ireland.

13th & 14th Victoriæ, cap. 69. An Act to amend the laws which regulate the qualification and registration of parliamentary voters in Ireland, and to alter the law for rating immediate lessors of premises to the poor rate in certain boroughs. Sections ninety-two to ninety-six, both inclusive.


Acts relating to England.

NOTE. This schedule, so far as respects Acts prior to the tenth year of the reign of George the Third, refers to the edition prepared under the direction of the Lord Chancellor, intituled "The Statutes, Revised Edition."

A description or citation of a portion of an Act is inclusive of the words, section, or other part first or last mentioned, or otherwise referred to as forming the beginning or as forming the end of the portion comprised in the description or citation. Portions of Acts which have already been specifically repealed, are in some instances included in the repeal in this schedule, in order to preclude henceforth the necessity of looking back to previous Acts.

The portions of the Ballot Act not inserted relate to Municipal elections.


INFANTS. No person, under twenty one years of age, is capable of being elected; and if any such minor shall presume to sit or vote in Parliament, he shall incur such penalties and forfeitures as if he had presumed to sit and vote without being chosen or returned. 7th and 8th William III., cap. 25.

ALIENS, by the law of Parliament, are incapable of being Members, and are excluded by a vote of the House.

Act 12th and 13th William III., cap. 2. No person born out of England, Scotland, or Ireland, cr the dominions thereunto belonging, is capable of being a Member of either House. This does not apply to persons born of English, Scotch, or Irish parents. Aliens naturalized are ineligible. 7th and 8th Victoriæ, cap. 66.

PEERS, English and Scotch; also Irish Representative Peers.

JUDGES of the Superior Courts; County Court Judges. 10th and 11th Victoriæ, cap. 102, s. 18.

SHERIFFS, Mayors, and Bailiffs of Boroughs, for their respective jurisdictions, as being returning officers.

RECORDERS for boroughs where they have jurisdiction. 5th and 6th William IV., cap. 76.

REVISING BARRISTERS, for eighteen months after revision of the lists for any county, city, or borough for which they were appointed. 6th Victoriæ, cap. 18, s. 28.

CLERGY, Priests, and Deacons; Ministers of the Scotch Church, 41 George III., cap. 63; Persons in Holy Orders of the Church of Rome, 10 George IV., cap. 7, s. 9.

TRAITORS, and felons; and outlaws in criminal prosecutions, but not in civil suits.

IDIOTS and Lunatics.

BANKRUPTS.-Act 32nd and 33rd Vict, cap. 83. It is provided that, if a person having privilege of Parliament commits an act of bankruptcy, he may be dealt with under the Act as if he had not such privilege. Upon a member becoming bankrupt, he shall be, and remain during one year incapable of sitting and voting, unless within that time the creditors are fully paid or satisfied. If within the period mentioned the debts are not fully paid and satisfied, the Court is to certify the same to the Speaker of the House of Commons, and a writ is to be issued for the election of a new member.

EXCISE AND CUSTOMS.-Act 11th and 12th William III., cap. 2, s. 15, 152. No member of Parliament shall be a commissioner or farmer of the excise on beer, ale, or other liquors, or a commissioner of appeals, or comptroller, or auditor of the duty of excise; and such person, if elected, is declared incapable of sitting in the House of Commons.

Act 12th and 13th William III., cap. 10, ss. 89, 90. No member to be a commissioner or farmer of the customs; and persons executing such offices shall be incapable of sitting.

Act 15th George II., cap. 22, s. 1. No commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland, or of the Navy or Victualling Office, or any deputies or clerks in any of the said offices, or in any of the following offices, viz. the Lord

High Treasurer, or Commissioners of the Treasury, Auditors, Tellers, or Chancellor of the Exchequer, Commissioners of the Admiralty, Paymasters of the Army or Navy, Principal Secretaries of State, or Commissioners of Salt, Stamps, Appeals, Wine Licences, Hackney Coaches, Hawkers, and Pedlars; persons holding any office, civil or military, in the island of Minorca, or in Gibraltar, except officers holding commissions in any regiment there only, shall be capable of being elected, or sitting or voting as members of any Parliament.

This Act exempts the Treasurer and Comptroller of the Navy, the Secretaries of the Treasury, Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretaries to the Admiralty, Under-Secretary to any of the Principal Secretaries of State, or the Deputy Paymaster of the Army, from the operations of this Act.

By Act 29th and 30th Victoriæ, cap. 55, 1866, the PostmasterGeneral is enabled to sit in the House of Commons.

NEW OFFICES of Profit under the Crown.-Act 6th Anne, cap. 7, s. 25. Persons holding any new office or place of profit whatsoever under the Crown, created since the year 1705, shall be incapable of sitting. But Members accepting any old office of profit, whilst members, their election to be void: such persons, however, may be re-elected.

Persons disabled, if returned as members, their election to be void, and to be liable to a penalty of 500l. Ib.

PENSIONERS OF THE CROWN.-Act 1st George I., cap. 56, s. 2. No person having a pension from the Crown shall be capable of being elected a member of the House of Commons, under penalty of forfeiting 201. for every day's sitting.

CONTRACTORS.-Act 22nd George III., cap. 45, ss. 1, 2. All persons holding contracts for the public service are declared incapable of being elected or sitting, and any member accepting a contract, his seat shall

be void.

CANDIDATES declared guilty of BRIBERY, treating, or undue influence, by himself or his agents, by any Election Committee, are incapable of being elected or sitting in Parliament for such county, city, or borough during the Parliament then in existence. 17th and 18th Victoriæ, cap. 102, s. 36.

A person who is elected to serve in the House of Commons by the people, may, by the law and custom of Parliament, be disabled, and declared incapable to sit as a member; as where a person has been guilty of any crime which renders him infamous and the like.

Members on double returns for the same place are incapable of sitting till the returns are determined by a Committee; and there is a resolution of the House to this effect, made at the commencement of every session; but they enjoy all the privileges of members of Parliament.

Members who have taken their seats are ineligible for any other place, until they have vacated their former seats; but persons elected for one place may, before they take their seats, be returned for any other place; in which case, by an order of the House, they are to make their election by that day three weeks, for which of the places they will serve, provided there be no question upon the return from that place.

Abolition of the requirement of a Property Qualification.

No property qualification is now required of Members of Parliament

The Act of the ninth year of the reign of Queer. Anne, and the several subsequent statutes, which required the possession of certain property qualifications by all candidates for seats in Parliament, are repealed by the 21st and 22nd Victoriæ, cap. 26.

Notice to Electors of Ineligibility of Candidates.

If the disqualification or ineligibility of candidates be within the knowledge of the electors, or they be previously made fully acquainted therewith, their votes, if given for such ineligible candidates, will be "thrown away." Voters polling for a candidate after due notice of his being ineligible, are to be considered as not voting at all, and, on petition, the next legal candidate on the poll would be declared duly elected. The notice to the electors should be in writing, or printed, signed by a candidate, or two or more electors, and every publicity given thereto.


A candidate is not legally liable for any other than his proper equal share of the following official expenses, unless by himself or his appointed agents he has authorised other expenses or charges to be incurred by the returning officer:

1. The expense of erecting the polling booths; such expense in counties not to exceed the sum of 401. in respect of any one principal place of election, or any one polling place, and in cities and boroughs the sum of 251. in respect of any parish, district, or part thereof.

2. The payment of "two guineas by the day" to each deputy returning officer.

3. The payment of "one guinea by the day" to each poll clerk. The items are to be discharged at the "joint and equal expense of the several candidates."

The booths may be erected "by contract with the candidates, if they shall think fit;" and "the Sheriff or other returning officer may, if he shall think fit, instead of erecting such booth or booths as aforesaid, procure or hire the use of any houses or other buildings, for the purpose of taking the poll therein." 2nd William IV., cap. 45, s. 71.


The several provisions of the "Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, 1854," as to the appointment of an election auditor, and the payment and publication of election expenses, are repealed by the 26th Vic., cap. 29, and the following enactments are substituted :

By Sec. 2, no payment, (except in respect of the personal expenses of a candidate,) advance, loan, or deposit, by or on behalf of any candidate, before, during, or after an election, is to be made otherwise than through an appointed agent of such candidate. Persons making any such prohibited payment, &c. shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.

The candidate is to declare in writing, to the Returning Officer, on or before the day of nomination, the name and address of his agent or agents; and it is the duty of the Returning Officer to publish the same.

By Sec. 3, all bills, charges, or claims upon any candidate shall be sent in within one month from the day of declaration of the election, to the appointed agent, or right to recover the same barred. Should there be no agent, the bills, &c. are then to be sent to the candidate.


By Sec. 4, a detailed statement of all election expenses incurred, shall, within two months after the election, be made out and signed by the agent who has paid the same, and delivered, with the bills and vouchers, to the returning officer. The returning officer, within fourteen days, is to publish an abstract of such statement, with the signature of the agent thereto, by advertisement in one of the local newspapers. Any agent or candidate making default in delivering such. statement, shall incur a penalty not exceeding five pounds for every day during which he so makes default. Any agent or candidate who wilfully furnishes an untrue statement shall be guilty of a misdemeanour. The returning officer is to preserve the bills and vouchers during six months, and to permit any voter to inspect the same, on payment of a fee of one shilling.

Bribery, Treating, and Intimidation.

The laws relating to bribery and corrupt practices are "The Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, 1854," and "The Parliamentary Elections Act, 1868." Definitions of the offences of bribery, treating, and intimidation, with the several penalties and remedies attached thereto, will be found in the first fourteen sections of "The Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, 1854."

No person, who is called as a witness before any election committee, shall be excused from answering any question on the ground that the answer may tend to criminate himself. Committee may grant a certificate to any witness, which shall be a stay to any proceedings taken against him in respect of any matters concerning or relating to which the witness may have been examined. 26th Vic. cap. 29.

Favours, Bands of Music, &c.

Cockades, ribbons, and colours are prohibited, and payments for bands of music, flags, and banners illegal. S. 7.

Travelling Expenses of Voters.

"It shall not be lawful for any candidate, or any one on his behalf, at any election for any borough, except the several boroughs of East Retford, Shoreham, Cricklade, Much Wenlock, and Aylesbury, to pay any money on account of the conveyance of any voter to the poll, either to the voter himself, or to any other person; and if any such candidate, or any person on his behalf, shall pay any money on account of the conveyance of any voter to the poll, such payment shall be deemed to be an illegal payment within the meaning of "The Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, 1854." 30th and 31st Victoriæ, cap. 102, s. 36.

"THE CORRUPT PRACTICES PREVENTION ACT, 1854." Bribery at Elections and Payment of Election Expenses. (17th and 18th Victoriæ, cap. 102.)

An Act to consolidate and amend the Laws relating to Bribery, Treating, and undue Influence at Elections of Members of Parliament. [10th August, 1854.] WHEREAS the laws now in force for preventing corrupt practices in the election of members to serve in Parliament have been found in

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