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VETERINARY SURGEONS ACT, 1931
Rules for the Election of Elected Members of the Council at Annual Election.
1. The election at an annual election of persons to be general elected members of the Council and the election at such annual election of persons to be limited elected members of the Council shall be conducted as two separate elections held at the one time and accordingly each such election shall be deemed for the purposes of these Rules to be a separate election and the word “election” shall in these Rules be construed accordingly.
2. Every candidate shall be nominated in writing and shall be proposed and seconded respectively by two registered veterinary surgeons resident in Saorstát Eireann and entitled to vote at the election, and every such nomination shall be signed by the candidate and by his proposer and his seconder.
3. Every person entitled to vote at an election shall be entitled to vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies to be filled at such election and no more.
4. The returning officer shall send a voting paper by post to every person entitled to vote at the election but the failure to send a voting paper to any such person shall not invalidate the election.
5. Any person entitled to vote at the election to whom a voting paper is not sent by the returning officer shall be entitled to obtain a voting paper on application therefor to the returning officer.
6. Persons entitled to vote at the election shall send by post or otherwise or deliver their voting papers to the returning officer at the address given by him for the purpose.
7. On the day and at the time and place appointed for the purpose by the returning officer the votes cast by voting papers received by the returning officer before that day shall be counted in the presence of the returning officer by a chartered or other qualified auditor appointed by the returning officer.
8. At every annual election, the votes cast at the election of persons to be general elected members shall be counted and the result of the election ascertained before the counting of the votes cast at the election of persons to be limited elected members is commenced, and, in the counting of the votes at the last mentioned election, any candidate at such election who has been elected at the first-mentioned election shall be deemed to have withdrawn his candidature and accordingly votes cast for him shall be disregarded.
9. Where at an election there are one or more casual vacancies to be filled, the elected person who receives the greatest number of votes shall be deemed to have been elected to fill the vacancy which is not a casual vacancy, and the other elected person or persons shall be deemed to have been elected to fill the said casual vacancy or vacancies and, if more than one, on the basis that the person receiving the greater number of votes is elected to fill the vacancy having the greater term of office unexpired.
10. Votes cast by voting papers received by the returning officer on or after the day appointed by him for the counting of the votes shall not be counted.
11. The method of sending, receiving, and counting voting papers shall be such as to secure the secrecy of the voting.
12. Every candidate shall be entitled to be present at the counting of the votes, and no other person shall be present without the consent of the returning officer.
13. When the counting of the votes is completed the returning officer shall send the name or names of the person or persons elected and such other particulars relating to the election as may be required under this Act in writing signed by him to the Council.