—(1) As soon as practicable after a precinct has been declared under section 24B(1) of the Act and after the HDB has approved any proposal of the Town Council to carry out certain lift upgrading works in a building within the precinct, the Minister shall appoint —
a chief polling officer to preside over such poll; and
not less than 2 scrutineers for the purposes of that poll.
(2) The Minister may, in addition to the chief polling officer appointed under paragraph (1)(a), appoint one or more deputy chief polling officers to assist the chief polling officer in the performance of his duties under these Rules, and the deputy chief polling officer shall have all the powers and may perform all the duties of the chief polling officer under these Rules.
(3) The chief polling officer shall, as soon as practicable after his appointment under paragraph (1)(a) for the purposes of any poll, appoint such polling officers and clerks as may be necessary for the purposes of that poll.
(4) No officer of the HDB who is appointed under rule 13 to vote on behalf of the HDB at a poll shall be appointed as a chief polling officer, deputy chief polling officer, scrutineer, polling officer or clerk for the purposes of that same poll.
19. Subject to the provisions of the Act, a poll in relation to any Town Council’s proposal to carry out lift upgrading works in a building within a precinct may be conducted at any time after the Minister has declared the precinct and the HDB has approved the Town Council’s proposal to carry out those lift upgrading works.
20. The Town Council shall give notice of a poll relating to any lift upgrading works in any building in the following manner:
by affixing, not less than 7 days before the date of commencement of the poll relating to those lift upgrading works, at a conspicuous place in the building, a notice stating the polling days, the hours and the polling place of the poll; and
by serving, not less than 7 days before the last polling day of the poll, a notice on every registered owner whose name appears in the register in operation for those lift upgrading works in that building —
describing the proposals to carry out those lift upgrading works in the building;
specifying the polling days, the hours of the polls and the polling place as stated in the notice in paragraph (a); and
specifying the name of the person entitled to vote at the poll, the voting value of his vote or votes, and the place where instruments of proxy and powers of attorney may be deposited.
21. If the Town Council, after having given in accordance with rule 20 notice of a poll relating to any lift upgrading works in any building, decides to postpone the date of commencement or to change the polling place of the poll, the Town Council shall give notice of the postponement or change by affixing, not less than 2 days before the original date of commencement of the poll, at a conspicuous place in the building, a notice stating the changes in the polling days and hours or the polling place (as the case may be) of the poll.
—(1) The total period during which a poll may be taken shall not exceed 10 consecutive days.
(2) Unless the Town Council otherwise specifies in the notices of the poll given under rule 20, the poll shall —
on the first polling day thereof, open at 8 p.m. and adjourn that same day at 10 p.m. till the next polling day;
on each subsequent polling day (except the last polling day), open at 9 a.m. and adjourn that same day at 9 p.m. till the next polling day; and
on the last polling day, open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. of that day.
24. Every poll box shall be so constructed such that the polling papers can be introduced therein but cannot be withdrawn therefrom unless the box is unlocked.
25. Immediately before the opening of the poll on the first polling day thereof, the chief polling officer shall —
show to the scrutineers and such other persons (if any) as may be present at the polling place that each poll box to be used at the poll is empty;
then lock it up and place his seal upon it in such a manner as to prevent it from being opened without breaking the seal; and
place the poll box in his view for the receipt of polling papers and keep it so locked and sealed.
—(1) Every voter entitled to vote at a poll or an adjourned poll relating to the lift upgrading works, shall be given a number of polling papers equal to the number of votes he is entitled to under rule 8.
(2) No polling paper shall be given to a voter unless he has produced his identity card or such other evidence of his identity and citizenship to a polling officer and his name appears in the register for that poll, or in the list of proxies, and a polling officer may refuse to give a voter a polling paper if —
the voter fails to furnish such evidence of his identity and citizenship; or
the polling officer decides that there is a reasonable doubt as to whether the voter is the registered owner or representative or proxy he represents himself to be.
(3) Immediately before any polling paper is given to a voter, a mark shall be placed in the register against the name of the voter in the register to denote that he has received a polling paper, and in the case of a person applying for a polling paper as a representative of a company or as proxy, a mark shall also be placed against his name in the list of proxies.
(4) The voter, on receiving the polling paper, shall immediately proceed to such place reserved for the marking of polling papers and mark in the space on the polling paper provided for the purpose of indicating whether the voter is in favour of or against any proposal relating to the lift upgrading works.
(5) The voter will then fold the polling paper, put it into the appropriate poll box and leave the polling place.
(6) Any polling officer may, on the application of any voter, explain to the voter the proposal regarding the lift upgrading works, or the method of voting; but in so doing, the polling officer shall abstain from any action which might be construed by the voter as a direction to vote in favour of or against any such proposal.
(7) Any polling officer may, on the application of a voter at the polling place who is incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause from voting in the manner prescribed in these Rules, mark the polling papers of the voter in the manner directed by the voter, and shall then immediately cause the polling papers to be placed in the appropriate poll box.
27. A voter who has inadvertently dealt with his polling paper in such a manner that it cannot be conveniently used as a polling paper may, on delivering it up to any polling officer, and proving the fact of the inadvertence to the satisfaction of the polling officer, obtain another polling paper in place of the polling paper so delivered up (referred to in these Rules as a spoilt polling paper), and the spoilt polling paper shall be immediately cancelled by the polling officer.
28. No polling paper shall be given to a voter after the hour fixed for the adjournment or closing of the poll, except that if at that hour there is in the polling place any voter to whom a polling paper has been given, the voter shall be allowed to record his vote.
29. As soon as practicable after the poll is adjourned on each polling day or closed on the last polling day, the chief polling officer shall, in the presence of scrutineers —
secure the poll boxes unopened in such a manner so as to prevent the introduction of any polling paper thereafter;
determine the number of polling papers cast on that day and the number of spoilt polling papers; and
make up into separate packets, sealed with his own seal and the seals of the scrutineers —
the spoilt polling papers;
the unused polling papers; and
the marked copies of the register and the list of proxies.
—(1) The sealed packets containing the unused polling papers and the marked copies of the register or registers and the list of proxies shall be placed in a container which shall then be sealed with the seals of the chief polling officer and the scrutineers in such a manner that nothing can be inserted or removed from the container without breaking the seals.
(2) The chief polling officer shall take proper precautions for the security of every container in paragraph (1) and the contents therein.
—(1) After the final statement of the poll has been compiled in accordance with these Rules, the chief polling officer shall seal up all the polling papers and all other documents relating to that poll as required by these Rules in containers and shall, subject to this rule, retain the polling papers and documents unless the Minister otherwise directs their destruction.
(2) No person shall be allowed to inspect, copy or produce any polling paper or other document so sealed except for the purpose of instituting or maintaining a prosecution or any proceedings in connection with the poll.