(1) (a) A person shall not be registered as an elector more than once in any registration area nor in more than one such area.
(b) Where it appears that a person may, prima facie, be eligible for registration in respect of two or more premises, the question of which of such premises he shall be registered for shall, subject to any expression of choice by such person, be determined by the registration authority.
(c) Where the premises referred to in paragraph (b) are situated in two or more registration areas, the registration authority for each such area shall take such steps as it considers necessary to ensure that the person is not registered in respect of more than one such registration area.
(d) The provisions of sections 7, 8, 9 and 10 shall have effect subject to the provisions of this subsection.
(2) (a) The qualifying date for every register of electors shall be the date specified for that purpose in the Second Schedule.
(b) For the purposes of this Part, a person's age shall be taken to be that person's age on the date specified for that purpose in the Second Schedule.
(3) For the purposes of this Part—
(a) a person shall be deemed not to have given up ordinary residence if he intends to resume residence within eighteen months after giving it up,
(b) a written statement by a person that he intends to resume residence within eighteen months after giving it up shall, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, be accepted as a correct statement.
(4) (a) Where an elector who is a whole time member of the Defence Forces is resident in any barrack or other premises used for military purposes and there are premises in which he would, but for his service, be ordinarily resident on the qualifying date and, not later than the last day for making claims for registration, he furnishes to the registration authority for the registration area in which the last-mentioned premises are situate, a statement of such premises the statement shall, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, be accepted as a correct statement and he shall be registered in respect of those premises.
(b) (i) In this subsection "a whole time member of the Defence Forces" means—
(I) a member of the Permanent Defence Force, or
(II) an officer of the Reserve Defence Force employed continuously on military service or duty during a period during which a proclamation authorising the calling out of reservists on permanent service is in force, or during a period during which reservists are called out on permanent service under section 88 of the Defence Act, 1954, or
(III) a reservist called out on permanent service.
(ii) In the foregoing subparagraph "the Permanent Defence Force", "officer", "the Reserve Defence Force", "proclamation authorising the calling out of reservists on permanent service" and "reservist" have the same meanings respectively as they have in the Defence Act, 1954.
(5) Where on the qualifying date, a person is detained in any premises in legal custody, he shall be deemed for the purposes of this section to be ordinarily resident in the place where he would have been residing but for his having been so detained in legal custody.
(6) Where on the qualifying date, a person is a patient or inmate in any hospital or home for persons suffering from mental disability or similar institution, he shall be deemed for the purposes of this section to be ordinarily resident in—
(a) in case the place where he would have been residing but for his having been such a patient or inmate can be ascertained by the registration authority — that place,
(b) in case the place mentioned in paragraph (a) cannot be ascertained by the registration authority — the place where he last resided before he became such a patient or inmate.