81. The Minister may make regulations prescribing anything that is to be prescribed under the provisions of this Act and generally for the purposes of giving effect to the provisions of this Act.
—(1) No omission and no misnomer or inaccurate description of any person or place named or described in any register, notice or other document whatsoever prepared or issued under or for the purposes of this Act shall in any way affect the operation of this Act as respects that person or place if that person or place is so designated in such register, notice or document as to be identifiable.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), no nomination paper shall be rejected, and no objection shall be allowed, on account of —
any error or omission in a nomination paper in relation to the description of, or any particulars in respect of, the candidate or person seeking nomination, or his proposer or seconder or any of his assentors, if the particulars contained in the nomination paper are sufficient to identify the candidate or person seeking nomination, or his proposer, seconder or assentor, as the case may be;
any error or omission with regard to any place specified in a nomination paper, if such place is otherwise sufficiently identifiable from the particulars given in the nomination paper; or
any error or omission that is corrected before 12 noon on nomination day in accordance with section 11A.
(3) In this section —
“error” includes any misnomer, misspelling, misprint, misplacement, mistake, inaccuracy, omission, and any clerical, technical or printing error, and any error of any other description or nature; and
“particulars” and “description” each includes anything stated or required to be stated in respect of any person or place in the nomination paper.
—(1) Where any notice is required by this Act to be published and, in the opinion of the authority who is required to publish the notice, the prescribed mode of publication does not give sufficient publicity to the notice, he may, in addition to publishing the notice as required by this Act, exhibit copies of the notice in conspicuous places or within the electoral division to which the notice relates or take such other steps as he may consider necessary for giving publicity thereto.
(2) Every person who, without lawful authority, destroys, mutilates, defaces or removes any notice which is exhibited by any authority under subsection (1) or any document which is made available for inspection in accordance with this Act shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
—(1) The Returning Officer, or any officer of the Elections Department who is authorised by the Returning Officer, may, in his discretion, compound any offence under this Act or any regulations made thereunder which is prescribed as a compoundable offence by collecting from a person reasonably suspected of having committed the offence —
one half of the amount of the maximum fine that is prescribed for the offence; or
a sum not exceeding $500,
whichever is the lower.
(2) The Minister may make regulations to prescribe the offences which may be compounded.
(3) On payment of such sum of money, no further proceedings shall be taken against that person in respect of the offence.
(4) All sums collected under this section shall be paid to the Consolidated Fund.