Section No :  
Legislative Enactments
REFERENDUM
Marginal Notes
1. This Act may be cited as the Referendum Act, No. 7 of 1981, and shall come into operation on such date as may be appointed by the President by Order published in the Gazette.
2. President to direct the conduct of a Referendum.
3. Electoral districts, polling divisions, &c,
4. Polling stations.
5. Register of electors.
6. Register of electors to be conclusive evidence of the right to vote.
7. Referendum Returning Officer and retiring Officers.
8. Appointment of referendum agents.
9. Voting by post,[ 2, 17 of 1988.]
10. Official poll card.
11. Presiding officers.
12. Facilities to be provided at polling stations.
13. Notices to be exhibited at polling Stations.
14. Ballot boxes.
15. Ballot Papers.
16. Hours of poll.
17. Appointment of polling observers, [ 3, 17 of 1988.]
18. General conduct of the poll.
19. Sealing of ballot boxes and commencement of poll.
20. Issue of ballot papers. [ 18, 14 of 2004.]
21. Inspection of voter and marking with the appropriate mark.[ 19, 14 of 2004.]
22. Manner of voting.
23. Assistance to voters to enable them to vote. [ 8 ,28 of 2011]
24. Voting by proxy forbidden.
25. Plural voting to be an illegal practice.
26. Power to require voter to make declaration.
27. Spoilt ballot papers.
28. Tendered votes.
29. Closure of poll.
30. Procedure in closure of poll.
31. Counting officers.
32. Notice of count.
33. Appointment of counting observers.[ 4, 17 of 1988.]
34. The count.
35. Ballot papers to be rejected.
36. Special provisions relating to powers, duties and functions under sections 34 and 38.
37. Closure at the count.
38. Counting of postal ballot papers.
39. Returning officer to prepare statement.
40. Referendum Returning Officer to prepare a report.
41. Publication of result.
42. Disposal of ballot papers, &c.
43. Offences relating to ballot papers, official poll cards, &c. [ 5, 17 of 1988.]
44. Certain acts prohibited on polling day.
45. Restriction on processions.
46. Restriction on public meetings.
47. General provisions relating to offences under sections 43, 44, 45 and 46.
48. Printing, &c, of Referendum publication.
49. Restriction on number of referendum offices.
50. Provisions relating to display of handbills, posters, &c.
51. Maintenance of secrecy at Referendum. [ 9 ,28 of 2011]
52. Personation.
53. Treating.
54. Undue influence.
55. Bribery.
56. Punishment and incapacities for corrupt practice.
57. Certain expenditure to be illegal practice.
58. False reports in newspapers.
59. Certain employment to be illegal.
60. Printing, &c of Referendum publications.
61. Punishment on conviction for illegal practices.
61A. Avoidance of Referendum on Referendum petition.
61B. Supreme to hear and determine Referendum petitions.
61C. Who may present Petition.
61D. Belief which may claimed.
61E. Special provisions relation to the procedure before the Supreme.
62. Where more than one proposal is submitted.
63. Power to order Referendum in exceptional circumstances.
64. Failure to comply with provisions of Act.
65. Use of Schools &c, polling stations.
66. Presiding officer may act through officers appointed to assist him.
67. Secretary of a recognized political party may act as his own agent or assist his agent.
68. Non-attendance of the agents of recognized political party.
69. Inaccurate description of places and persons.
70. Publication of notices, &c.
71. Duty of employers to grant leave to enable employees to vote. [ 7, 17 of 1988.]
72. Requisitioning of premises for use of polling stations.
73. Compensation for requisitioning premises.
74. Right of secretary of recognized political party to send matter relating to Referendum post free . [ 8, 17 of 1988.]
75. Political broadcasts.[ 9, 17 of 1988.]
76. Powers of Commissioner.
76A. Police to assist Commissioner.[ 10, 17 of 1988.]
76B. Procedure for casting vote where there's a reasonable fear of an inability to cast vote at a given polling station.[ 10, 17 of 1988.]
77. Removal of difficulties.
78. Interpretation.