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Canada Elections Act

Version of section 164 from 2003-01-01 to 2019-06-12:

Marginal note:Secrecy during and after poll

  •  (1) Every candidate, election officer or representative of a candidate present at a polling station or at the counting of the votes shall maintain the secrecy of the vote.

  • Marginal note:Secrecy at the poll

    (2) Except as provided by this Act, no elector shall

    • (a) on entering the polling station and before receiving a ballot, openly declare for whom the elector intends to vote;

    • (b) show his or her ballot, when marked, so as to allow the name of the candidate for whom the elector has voted to be known; or

    • (c) before leaving the polling station, openly declare for whom the elector has voted.

  • Marginal note:Procedure in case of contravention of secrecy

    (3) It is the duty of each deputy returning officer to draw the attention of any elector to an offence that the elector commits in contravening subsection (2) and to the punishment to which the elector is liable, but the elector shall be allowed to vote in the usual way if he or she has not already done so.

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