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38 1923

THE PREVENTION OF ELECTORAL ABUSES ACT, 1923

FIRST SCHEDULE.

PART I.

Persons legally employed for payment.

1. One election agent and no more.

2. In a county constituency one deputy election agent (in this Act referred to as a sub-agent) to act within each polling district, and no more.

3. One personation agent at each polling station and no more.

4. In a borough constituency, a number of clerks and messengers, not exceeding in number one clerk and one messenger for every complete five hundred electors in the constituency, and if there is a number of electors over and above any complete five hundred of electors, then one clerk and one messenger may be employed for such number, although not amounting to a complete five hundred.

5. In a county constituency, for the central committee room one clerk and one messenger for every complete five thousand electors in the constituency; and if there is a number of electors over and above any complete five thousands of electors, then one clerk and one messenger may be employed for such number although not amounting to a complete five thousand.

6. In a county constituency a number of clerks and messengers not exceeding in number one clerk and one messenger for each polling district in the constituency, or where the number of electors in a polling district exceeds five hundred, one clerk and one messenger for every complete five hundred electors in the polling district, and if there is a number of electors over and above any complete five hundred or complete five hundreds of electors, then one clerk and one messenger may be employed for such number although not amounting to a complete five hundred: Provided always that the number of clerks and messengers so allowed in any constituency may be employed in any polling district where their services may be required.

7. In a university constituency, one clerk for every complete thousand electors in the constituency; and if there is a number of electors over and above any complete thousand of electors, then one clerk may be employed for such number although not amounting to a complete thousand.

PART II.

Legal Expenses in Addition to Expenses under Part I.

1. The personal expenses of the candidates.

2. The expenses of printing, the expenses of advertising, and the expenses of publishing, issuing, and distributing addresses and notices,

3. The expenses of stationery, messages, postage, and telegrams.

4. The expenses of holding public meetings.

5. In a borough constituency the expenses of one committee room for every complete five hundred electors in the constituency; and if there is a number of electors over and above any complete five hundreds of electors, then of one committee room for such number although not amounting to a complete five hundred.

6. In a county constituency the expenses of a central committee room, and in addition of a number of committee rooms not exceeding in number one committee room for each polling district in the constituency; and where the number of electors in a polling-district exceeds five hundred one additional committee room may be hired for every complete five hundred electors in such polling-district over and above the first five hundred.

7. In a university constituency the expenses of one committee room.

8. Expenses in respect of miscellaneous matters other than those mentioned in Part I. and in this Part of this Schedule, so nevertheless that such expenses are not incurred in respect of any matter or in any manner constituting an offence under this or any other Act, or in respect of any matter or thing, payment for which is expressly prohibited by this or any other Act.

PART III.

Maximum Scale.

The expenses mentioned in Parts I. and II. of this Schedule, other than personal expenses and the fee, if any, paid to the election agent (not exceeding in the case of a county election seventy-five pounds and of a borough election fifty pounds, without reckoning for the purposes of that limit any part of the fee which may have been included in the expenses first above mentioned) shall not exceed an amount equal—

in the case of a county election to fivepence for each elector on the register;

in the case of an election for a borough to fourpence for each elector on the register.

Where there are two or more joint candidates at an election the maximum amount of expenses in Parts I., II., and III. of this Schedule shall, for each of the joint candidates, be the amount produced by multiplying a single candidate's maximum by one-and-a-half and dividing the result by the number of joint-candidates.

PART IV.

General.

1. For the purposes of this Schedule the number of electors in a constituency or a polling district at any election shall be the number of electors whose names appear on the register of electors for the time being in force for that constituency or district as being entitled to vote at that election.

2. Where the same election agent is appointed by or on behalf of two or more candidates at an election, or where two or more candidates, by themselves or any agent or agents, hire or use the same committee rooms for such election, or employ or use the services of the same sub-agents, clerks, messengers, or polling agents at such election, or publish a joint address or joint circular or notice at such election, those candidates shall be deemed for the purpose of this enactment to be joint candidates at such election:

Provided that—

(a) The employment and use of the same committee room, sub-agent, clerk, messenger, or polling agent, if accidental or casual, or of a trivial and unimportant character, shall not be deemed of itself to constitute persons joint candidates.

(b) Nothing in this enactment shall prevent candidates from ceasing to be joint candidates.