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Notice of By Election 26 September 2008

Isle of Man Board of Education

Rule 5(1)

The returning officer of the Constituency of RAMSEY will, on Tuesday, 7th October 2008 at 10.00am proceed to the nomination and, if there is no opposition, to the Election of One Member to serve in the Isle of Man Board of Education for the said constituency.

Forms of nomination may be obtained from the office of the returning officer at Dickinson Cruickshank, Masonic Buildings, Water Street, Ramsey, during normal office hours during the period up to and including 7th October 2008, from the returning officer at the place and during the time for the delivery of nomination papers, and also from Ramsey police station during such times as the police station is open.

The form of nomination paper includes instructions as to its completion and signing.

The nomination paper duly completed must be delivered to the returning officer between 10am and 12.00noon on 7th October 2008 at Dickinson Cruickshank, Masonic Buildings, Water Street, Ramsey.

In the event of a contested election, polling will take place on THURSDAY, 6th NOVEMBER 2008

Candidates may obtain one copy of the register of electors of the constituency from the General Registry free of charge. Copies of the Representation of the People Act 1995 and the Representation of the People Regulations 2006 are available from the Tynwald Library, Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW.

ABSENT VOTERS

Absent voters’ ballot papers can be obtained only by means of an application duly completed and received by the returning officer -

(a) where the absent voter’s ballot paper is to be marked in the Isle of Man, not later than Friday, 31st October 2008; or
(b) where the absent voter’s ballot paper is to be marked elsewhere than in the Isle of Man, not later than Monday, 27th October 2008.

Absent voters’ ballot papers will be issued to persons whom the returning officer has accepted as being entitled to vote as such at the address in the Isle of Man or elsewhere as notified to the returning officer -

(a) where the ballot paper is to be marked in the Isle of Man, at least 2 clear days before the day fixed for the poll; or
(b) where the ballot paper is to be marked elsewhere than in the Isle of Man, at least 3 clear days before the day fixed for the poll.

Provided that where the absent voter's ballot paper is to be marked in the Isle of Man the ballot paper may be delivered to the absent voter at any time before the close of the poll.

Application forms are available from the returning officer, Mr R A E Jelski, Advocate, Dickinson Cruickshank, Masonic Buildings, Water Street, Ramsey and at Ramsey Police Station during normal office hours.

The Representation of the People Act 1995 (as amended) provides that a person who is or will be entitled to vote at an election may apply to the returning officer of the constituency in which that person seeks to exercise his or her vote to be treated as an absent vote.

PROXY VOTING

A person entitled to vote at the election who wishes a proxy to be appointed to vote for him must apply to the Registration Officer, Treasury, 2 Circular Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1PQ on a form prescribed for the purpose not later than Saturday, 1st November 2008.

The Representation of the People Act 1995 provides that, on an application by an elector, the Registration Officer may appoint a proxy to vote at that election, if he is satisfied that the elector is likely to be absent from the Isle of Man on the date of the poll in any election within that period, and that the person to be appointed proxy is not disqualified and is capable of being and willing to be appointed.

A person is disqualified for appointment as a proxy if he –

(a) has not attained the age of 16 years, or
(b) is subject to any incapacity to vote at an election.

A person may not be appointed proxy to vote on behalf of more than 2 electors in any constituency unless that person is the husband, wife, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of each of those electors.

TAKE NOTICE that all persons who are guilty of bribery, treating, undue influence, personation or other corrupt practices at the election, are, on conviction of such offence, liable to the penalties mentioned in that behalf in the Representation of the People Act 1995.

By Order

Chief Secretary

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