196. The ballot papers must allow each candidate to be identified.
The ballot papers must contain, on the obverse,
(1) the name of each candidate, his given name preceding his surname;
(2) under each name, the name of the authorized party or recognized ticket to which the candidate belongs where such is the case;
(3) a circle for the elector’s mark opposite the particulars pertaining to each candidate.
All circles, as the space between consecutive circles, must be of the same size.
Where several independent candidates for the same office have the same name, the ballot papers used in the polling for that office shall indicate the address of each candidate under his name and, where such is the case, above the indication of his political affiliation.
The particulars must appear in alphabetical order of the candidates’ surnames and, as the case may be, of the candidates’ given names. Where two or more candidates for the same office have the same name, the order in which the particulars relating to each of them appear shall be determined by a drawing of lots carried out by the returning officer.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the particulars pertaining to a co-candidate must appear with those pertaining to the candidate with whom he is associated, in the following order: the name of the candidate associated with the co-candidate, the name of the co-candidate and his capacity, and the name of the party. These particulars must appear on the ballot paper in the alphabetical order of the surname of the candidate associated with the co-candidate and opposite a single voting circle; in order to do so, these particulars may be printed in a smaller type.
The particulars pertaining to the candidates must correspond to those contained in the nomination papers, unless, in the meantime, the authorization of the party or the recognition of the ticket has been withdrawn or the co-candidate has ceased to be such, or the name of the party or ticket appearing on the nomination paper is inaccurate.
1987, c. 57, s. 196; 1990, c. 20, s. 8.