Friday, February 15, 2013

What Chapter 3 of the T&T constitution says about the presidential election

From Chapter 3 of the T&T Constitution:

28. (1) There shall be an Electoral College for the purposes of this
Chapter which shall be a unicameral body consisting of all the members of the Senate and all the members of the House of Representatives assembled together.
  1. The Electoral College shall be convened by the Speaker 
  2. The Speaker shall preside as Chairman over the proceedings of the Electoral College and shall have an original vote
  3. Subject to this Chapter, the Electoral College may regulate its own procedure and may make provision for the postponement or adjournment of its meetings and such other provisions as may be necessary to deal with difficulties that may arise in the carrying out of elections under this Chapter. 
  4. Ten Senators, the Speaker and twelve other members of the House of Representatives shall constitute a quorum of the Electoral College

Mode of elections.

29. The President shall be elected by the Electoral College voting by secret ballot
30. A person shall not be a candidate for election as President unless he is nominated for election by a nomination paper which- 
(a) is signed by him and by twelve or more members of the
House of Representatives; and (b) is delivered to the Speaker at least seven days before the election.

Procedure for

31. (1) The candidate who is unopposed or who obtains the greatest
number of the votes cast shall be declared elected. 
(2) Where the votes cast for two or more candidates are equally divided the Speaker shall have and exercise a casting vote.

Determination of questions as to election.

32. (1) Subject to subsection (2), an instrument which-

(a) in the case of an uncontested election for the office of President is signed and sealed by the Speaker and states that a person named in the instrument was the only person nominated for the election and was in consequence declared elected; or (b) in the case of a contested election is signed and sealed by
the Speaker and states that a person named in the instrument was declared elected at that meeting in consequence of the ballot, shall be conclusive evidence that the person so named was so elected, and no question as to the validity of the election of the person so named shall be inquired into in any court.

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

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