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15 2004

Electoral (Amendment) Act 2004

PART 1

Preliminary and General

Short title, collective citations, construction and commencement.

1. —(1) This Act may be cited as the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2004 .

(2) The Electoral Acts 1992 to 2002 and this Act may be cited together as the Electoral Acts 1992 to 2004 and shall be read together as one.

(3) The European Parliament Elections Acts 1992 to 2004 and this Act in so far as it relates to European Parliament elections shall be read together as one and this Act (in so far as it so relates) shall be included in the collective citation “European Parliament Elections Acts 1992 to 2004”.

(4) The Presidential Elections Acts 1992 to 2001 and this Act in so far as it relates to presidential elections may be cited together as the Presidential Elections Acts 1992 to 2004, and shall be read together as one.

(5) The Referendum Acts 1992 to 2001 and this Act in so far as it relates to referendums may be cited together as the Referendum Acts 1992 to 2004 and shall be read together as one.

(6) The Local Elections Acts 1974 to 2002, the Local Government (No. 2) Act 2003 and this Act in so far as it relates to local elections may be cited together as the Local Elections Acts 1974 to 2004 and shall be read together as one.

(7) Section 34 and the Local Government Acts 1925 to 2003 may be cited together as the Local Government Acts 1925 to 2004 and shall be read together as one.

(8) This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as the Minister may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.

(9) An order under subsection (8) shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made.

Offences relating to voting system equipment.

2. —(1) A person shall be guilty of an offence if—

(a) wilfully and without lawful authority, he or she takes, destroys, conceals, opens or otherwise interferes with any voting system equipment, or

(b) he or she maliciously destroys, tears or defaces any voting machine equipment.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

Repeal.

3. Section 48 of the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001 is repealed.