—(1) If, on the day of nomination, in any group representation constituency, after the decision by the Returning Officer on any objection which may have been lodged, more groups than one stand nominated for that constituency, the Returning Officer shall —
immediately adjourn the election to enable a poll to be taken in accordance with the provisions of this Act; and
allot to each group of candidates an approved symbol which shall be printed on the ballot paper opposite the names of each group.
(1A) The Returning Officer may, in his discretion, allot to any group of candidates some other symbol selected by the group or the political party to which it belongs.
(2) In subsection (1), “approved symbol” means any symbol approved by the Returning Officer for the purposes of this Act by notification published in the Gazette.
(3) Subject to subsection (1A), the determination of the approved symbol to be allotted to each group of candidates shall be made by lot by the Returning Officer.
(4) No group of candidates shall be allotted any symbol which is of any racial or religious significance.
(5) In the event of any dispute arising regarding the allocation of any symbol under this section, the decision of the Returning Officer shall be final and shall not be questioned.
(6) The Returning Officer shall cause to be published in the Gazette a notice in Form 11 in the First Schedule specifying —
the group representation constituency in which the election is contested;
whether a direct recording electronic voting system will be used at the poll and if so, a brief description of the system;
the day and hours of the poll at every overseas polling station;
the date on which the poll will be taken, the date being not earlier than the 10th day, and not later than the 56th day, after the date of publication of the notice in the Gazette (referred to in this Act as polling day);
the names of the candidates in each group in the order in which they will be printed on the ballot papers, the symbol allotted to each group of candidates and the names of their proposers and seconders; and
the situation of the polling stations for that group representation constituency and the particular polling stations, if any, reserved for female voters.
[10/88; 19/2001; 10/2010]
(7) In computing time for the purposes of subsection (6)(d), the last day of the period shall not be excluded only by reason of the fact that it is a Sunday or that it is a public holiday under the provisions of this Act or of any other written law.
(8) If, after the election in a group representation constituency has been reported as contested, one of the candidates nominated for that constituency dies before the poll has commenced, the Returning Officer shall, upon being satisfied of the fact of the death —
countermand the notice for the poll; and
appoint, by notice published in the Gazette, a fresh date, time and place for the nomination of candidates for election in that constituency, at least 4 clear days before the fresh date fixed for the nomination.
(8A) Where the Returning Officer has countermanded the poll under subsection (8), all proceedings with reference to the election shall be commenced afresh, except that no fresh nomination shall be necessary in the case of any group which stood nominated at the time of the countermand of the poll.
(9) Section 34 shall not apply to any election in any group representation constituency.