REFERENDUM ACT - 1977 (SMCD 143).

    Section - 24 - Grounds for Avoidance of Results of Referendum.

    (1) The voting in a polling station shall be declared void on a petition, if any of the following matters are proved to the satisfaction of the High Court of Justice, that is to say-

    (a) that general bribery, general treating, general intimidation or other misconduct or circumstances, whether similar to those already enumerated in this Decree or not, have so extensively prevailed that they may be reasonably supposed to have affected the results of the voting; or

    (b) that there has been non-compliance with any provisions of this Decree, if it appears that the voting was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in any such provision or instruction and that such non-compliance affected the result of the voting; or

    (c) that a corrupt practice was committed in connection with the voting.

    (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this section-

    (a) where upon the trial of a petition the High Court of Justice finds, after giving the Attorney-General an opportunity of being heard, that it has been proved to the High Court of Justice-

    (i) that no corrupt practice was committed on an extensive scale as to affect the results of the voting in a polling station, and

    (ii) that any person mentioned in connection with any corrupt practice took all reasonable means for preventing the commission of corrupt practice at such voting, and

    (iii) that in all other respects the voting was free from any corrupt practice on the part of the person so mentioned,

    then if the High Court of Justice so recommends, the voting at such polling station shall not, by reason of any such practice, be void; or

    (b) where upon the trial of a petition the High Court of Justice finds that there has been failure to comply with any provisions of this Decree, and the High Court of Justice further finds, after giving the Attorney-General an opportunity of being heard, that it is satisfied-

    (i) that the voting was conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in this Decree, and

    (ii) that such failure did not affect the result of the voting,

    the voting in that polling station shall not, by reason of such failure, be void.