2—Power to fix dates in relation to election
(1) For the purpose of
the election of Senators for this State to the Senate of the Commonwealth, the
Governor may, by proclamation—
the date for the issue of the writ;
the date for the close of the electoral rolls;
the date for the nomination of candidates;
the date for the polling;
a date on or before which the writ must be returned.
(1a) The writ shall be
deemed to have been issued at the hour of six o'clock in the afternoon of the
day on which the writ was issued.
(1b) The writ shall be
dated as of the day of its issue and the dates fixed under subsection (1)
shall be specified in the writ.
(1d) Subject to
subsection (1e), the date fixed for the nomination of the candidates
shall not be less than 10 days or more than 27 days after the date of the
(1e) Where a candidate
for an election dies, after being nominated and before twelve o'clock noon on
the day fixed by the writ as the date of nomination for the election, the day
fixed as the date of nomination for the election shall, except for the
purposes of subsection (1f), be taken to be the day next succeeding the
day so fixed.
(1f) The date fixed
for the polling shall not be less than 23 days or more than 31 days after the
date of nomination.
(1g) The day fixed for
the polling shall be a Saturday.
(1h) The date fixed
for the return of the writ shall not be more than 100 days after the issue of
(2) Nomination must be
made after the issue of the writ and before twelve o'clock noon on the day of
(2a) The office of the
Australian Electoral Officer for this State shall be the place of nomination
for the election.
(2b) The poll shall be
open at eight o'clock in the morning, and shall not close until all electors
present in the polling booth at six o'clock in the afternoon, and desiring to
vote, have voted.
(3) The polling shall
take place at all polling places within the State appointed under the law of
the Commonwealth for the time being in force for the regulation of