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Parliamentary Elections (Ireland) Act 1823

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LXXRioting not to be an Excuse for closing the Poll.

And be it further enacted, That if any Person or Persons shall violently, riotously, or outrageously disturb or interrupt any Election, or the Proceedings of the Poll, such Disturbance, Riot, of Misbehaviour shall not be any Excuse to the Returning Officer or Officers, nor afford him or them any Pretence for closing the Poll, or making a Return; but the Court shall thereupon be adjourned for some convenient Time, as the Occasion may require; and, if necessary, shall be further continued by Adjournment from Time to Time, Until such Disturbance shall have ceased, when such Returning Officer shall again proceed in taking the Poll; and every Person who shall be, by due course of Law, convicted of having violently, riotously, or outrageously disturbed the Court, or otherwise misbehaved, so as forcibly to interrupt the Proceedings of the Poll, or of having wilfully effaced, obliterated, torn, altered, or destroyed the whole or any Part of the Poll Books of the Returning Officer or Officers, or any Deputy, whereon any thing relative to the said Election shall have been entered, or of having forcibly or fraudulently taken or secreted the same, or any Part thereof, or the Writ or Precept for holding such Election, shall be adjudged guilty of Felony, and be transported for Seven Years.

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