(1) The voting hours as prescribed in the proclamation shall be published by the Commission in the media.
(2) A polling station shall−
open for voting at the prescribed time and;
remain open for voting until the prescribed time, or such later time as the Commission may determine.
(3) A person may not be admitted to a polling station for the purpose of voting after the polling station has closed for voting.
(4) Voting at a polling station shall continue until every voter has voted who−
is entitled to vote at that polling station; and
had reported for voting at that polling station at the time prescribed for that polling station to close for voting.
(5) The Commission shall provide for a special voting procedure for electoral officers, staff and security personnel who are on duty on polling day.
Notice at polling station
(1) Before the hour fixed for the start of the poll, a presiding officer shall place a notice showing the full names, in alphabetical order of surname, and if there are two or more candidates of the same surname, in alphabetical order of their other names, and photographs.
(2) A notice in subsection (1), both within and outside a polling station shall be in Siswati and English.
Admission to polling stations
(1) A person shall not be admitted to vote at a polling station−
except at the polling station in the polling division where the name of the person appears on the voters register; and
where there is more than one polling station in that polling division, except at the polling station assigned to that person in accordance with section 37 (2) (c).
(2) The presiding officer shall regulate the number of voters to be admitted to the polling station at the same time.
(3) No other person, except a member or an officer of the Commission, the returning officer, the presiding officer, the polling officers, the candidates, the polling agents and a police officer on duty shall enter the polling station.
Presiding officer’s duties
(1) A presiding officer shall give directions to the persons inside a polling station as may be necessary to ensure compliance with this Act and to keep order at the polling station.
(2) The presiding officer may require any person, other than a person actually recording a vote or the persons mentioned in section 48 (3) who misconducts himself or herself or fails to obey the lawful directions of the presiding officer, to leave the polling station.
(3) The presiding officer may authorize a polling officer to perform the functions, under this Act, of the presiding officer during the temporary absence of the presiding officer from the polling station or in other special circumstances, and where this happens, a reference in sub-sections (1) and (2) to the presiding officer shall be construed accordingly.
(4) A person who fails to leave the polling station when required to do so may be arrested by a police officer without warrant on the order of the presiding officer and shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand Emalangeni or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year.
(5) The functions conferred by this section shall not be exercised so as to prevent any voter who is otherwise entitled to vote at any polling station from having an opportunity of voting at that polling station.
Emptying and sealing of ballot boxes
(1) Immediately before the commencement of the poll, a presiding officer shall show those present inside the polling station that the ballot box is empty and the presiding officer shall thereafter close and secure the lid of the ballot box in such a way that the lid cannot be opened without the official seal or fastening of the candidates being broken or damaged.
(2) The sealed ballot box shall not be opened except as provided in this Act and shall not be removed from the polling station for the duration of the poll.
(3) The presiding officer shall place and keep each ballot box in a position where the ballot box will be within the view of persons present at the polling station.
(4) Where more than one ballot box is used after the first ballot box is filled, the procedure prescribed in this section shall be followed prior to using any additional ballot box.
(1) A voter is entitled to vote at a polling station−
on production of that voter’s card to the polling officer at the polling station; and
if that voter’s name is in the segment of the voter’s register for the polling division concerned.
(2) When a voter produces a voter registration card to the polling officer as required by subsection (1) (a), the polling officer shall examine the voter’s card and determine whether−
the voter is the person described in that voter registration card;
the voter’s name is in the certified segment of the voter’s register for the polling division concerned; and
(c) the voter has not already voted in the election.
(3) Where a person does not have a voter registration card but is able to prove to the presiding officer that the person is the one whose name appears on the voters register, the polling officer may allow the person to vote subject to subsection (4).
(4) A presiding officer may, before allowing any person to vote under subsection (3), require that person to produce a satisfactory form of identification upon which the presiding officer shall issue a temporary voter’s card.
(5) A person who produces a false identification to a polling officer commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand Emalangeni or, in default of payment of the fine, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both.