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Chapter – 9

Chapter – 9

Agents of Candidate

60. Election agent:

(1) If any candidate appoints a person as an election agent, the notice thereof shall have to be given in writing to the Returning Officer.
(2) The Political Party may appoint its election agent as prescribed for all the activities of election under the Proportional Electoral System.
(3) The candidate or Political Party may, at any time remove the election agent appointed pursuant to Sub-section (1) and (2) and appoint another agent and shall have to give a notice thereof to the Returning Officer immediately.
(4) The qualification of the election agent shall be as prescribed.

61. Duty of election agent : It shall be the duty of the election agent appointed pursuant to Section 60 to perform such functions as mentioned in this Act and the Rules framed under this Act to be performed by the election agent.

62. Polling agent and counting agent :

(1) A candidate or his/her election agent, a Political Party or its agent may appoint polling agent in such number as prescribed for each polling station and shall have to give a notice thereof in writing to the Polling Officer and the Returning Officer.
(2) A candidate or his/her election agent or a Political Party or its agent may appoint counting agents in such a number as prescribed to be present at the place of counting of votes and shall have to give a notice thereof in writing to the Returning Officer.
(3) Any candidate or election agent may at any time remove the polling agent or counting agent appointed pursuant to sub-section (1) or (2) and appoint another polling agent or counting agent, and shall have to forthwith give a notice thereof to the Polling Officer in the case of appointment of polling agent and to the Returning Officer in the case of appointment of counting agent.
(4) The qualification of the polling agent and the counting agent shall be as prescribed.

63. Duty of the polling agent and the counting agent:

(1) It shall be the duty of the polling agent to perform all functions required to be performed by him/her at the polling station pursuant to this Act and the Rules framed under this Act.
(2) It shall be the duty of the counting agent to perform all the functions required to be performed by him/her pursuant to this Act and the Rules framed under this Act.

64. Absence of candidate or any agent: If an election agent or polling agent or counting agent is not appointed pursuant to this Act and the Rules framed under this Act, or the candidate or any of his/her agent is not present as and when required, or any of them fails to perform such functions as are required to be performed, the act of polling or counting of votes shall not be adjourned and such act shall not be deemed to be invalid merely on that ground

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