BIRTHS AND DEATHS Registration act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Administration

2. Appointment of Registrar-General and his duties.

3. Appointment of Assistant Registrars-General and their duties.

4. District Registrars.

5. Registration divisions.

6. Appointment of Registrars, Deputy Registrars.

7. Registrars deemed to be public officers.

8. Residence and office of Registrar.

9. Annual list.

PART II

General Provisions Relating to the Registration of Births, Deaths, and Still-Births

10. Duty of Registrar to register births, deaths, and still-births.

11. Transmission of duplicates to Registrar-General.

11A. Issue of free copy of birth and death registration entry.

12. Replacement of the original entry or duplicate entry in certain circumstances.

13. Replacement of an entry when both the original and duplicate are lost, damaged, or illegible.

14. Substituted filed and preserved or duplicates.

PART III

Registration of Births

15. Obligation on certain individuals to give information about birth in person.

16. When and how information about birth may be given by written declaration.

17. Information birth to be given by child.

18. Requisition by Registrar of information concerning birth.

19. Duty of Registrar to register births without fee or reward.

20. Information about, and registration of birth of, children born, or living newborn children found exposed, in estates.

21. Registration of illegitimate children.

22. Registrar may call for proof of marriage in certain circumstances.

23. Restriction on registration of birth after three months from occurrence.

24. Order for registration of birth, after three months from occurrence.

25. Effect of order under section 24.

26. Application of section 24 to certain births occurring before the appointed date.

27. Insertion or alteration of the name of a person in the register.

27A. Amendment of birth registration entry by Registrar-General.

28. Amendment of birth registration entry relating to race of father.

PART IV

Registration of Deaths

29. When and by whom information concerning a death to be given.

30. When and how information about a death may be given by written declaration.

31. Certificate of medical practitioner as to cause of death.

32. Requisition by Registrar of information concerning death.

33. Duty of Registrar to register deaths without fee or reward.

34. Registration of death occurring in an estate.

35. Restriction on registration of death after three months from occurrence.

36. Order for registration of death after three months from occurrence.

37. Effect of order under section 36.

38. Application of section 36 to certain deaths occurring before the appointed date.

39. Certificate of inquirer into deaths.

PART V

Registration of Deaths and Still-Births in Certain Areas

40. Application of this Part to certain areas by Minister's Order.

41. Registration of deaths, and the burial, cremation or other disposal of the corpses, of persons dying within areas in which this Part applies.

42. Removal of corpses from areas in which this Part applies for burial.

43. Registration of still-births in areas in which this Part applies.

44. General duty of registration of registers and District Registrars in areas in which this Part applies.

45. Other provisions of Act to apply also to area in which this Part applies.

PART VI

46. Duty of Grama Niladhari to give information about births and deaths.

47. Duty of certain persons to give information relating to births and still-births occurring in certain areas to medical officers of health.

48. Weekly returns or certificates be supplied by Manager or other person in charge of a private hospital or a private maternity or nursing home.

49. Registration consequent on certain prosecutions.

50. Correction of registration entries.

51. Correction of clerical errors.

52. Correction of errors other than clerical errors.

53. Correction of a death registration entry on issue of a certificate by an inquirer into deaths.

54. Manner in which amendments to an entry to be made.

55. Power of court to question the correctness of a registration or entry.

56. Issue of certified copies.

57. Third copy, certified copy or extract to be prima facie evidence.

58. Manner in which documents may be sent.

59. District Books.

60. Registrar to surrender records on ceasing to hold office.

61. Declaration by nonresident persons.

62. Power of Registrar-General and District Registrars to examine witnesses and call for documents.

63. Government officers' declarations under sections 16 and 30.

PART VII

Offences and Penalties

64. Penalty in cases of late registrations for non-observance of provisions of Act.

65. Penalty for failure to issue certificate under section 31.

66. Penalty for non-compliance with section 42.

67. Penalty for destruction of documents and for giving false certificates.

68. Penalty for false statement.

PART VIII

Supplementary Provisions

69. Power to make rules.

70. Interpretation.

PART IX

Savings

71. Savings and transitional provisions.

SCHEDULE

40 of 1975,

41 of 1975,

17 of 1951,

12 of 1952,

15 of 1953

30 of 1954,

22 of 1955,

1 of 1993,

12 of 2005,

37 of 2006,

25 of 2013.

AN ACT to amend and consolidate the law relating to the registration of births, deaths, and still-births.

[Date of Commencement: 1st August, 1954]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Births and Deaths Registration Act.

PART I

Administration

2. Appointment of Registrar-General and his duties.

(1) There may be appointed a person to be or to act as Registrar-General of Births and Deaths for Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the "Registrar-General”),

(2) The Registrar-General for the time being shall be vested with the general control and superintendence of the registration of births, deaths, and still-births in Sri Lanka, and of all persons appointed for, and engaged in, carrying out the provisions of this Act.

3. Appointment of Assistant Registrars-General and their duties.

(1) There may from time to time be appointed a fit and proper person or each of two or more such persons to be or to act as an Assistant Registrar-General of Births and Deaths (hereinafter referred to as an "Assistant Registrar-General”).

(2) An Assistant Registrar-General may, subject to the authority and control of the Registrar-General for the time being, exercise, perform or discharge any power, duty or function conferred or imposed upon such Registrar-General by or under this Act.

4. District Registrars.

(1) For each district there shall be a District Registrar of Births and Deaths (hereinafter referred as the "District Registrar”).

(2) The Government Agent of a district shall be the District Registrar for that district.

(3) Every Additional Government Agent, Assistant Government Agent, Additional Assistant Government Agent and Office Assistant to a Government Agent, of a district shall be an Additional District Registrar for that district.

(4) There may be appointed any person as a District Registrar or as an Additional District Registrar in addition to or in place of any officer who is a District Registrar or an Additional District Registrar by virtue of the preceding provisions of this section.

(5) Every District Registrar within his district—

(a) shall have and may exercise and discharge the powers and duties conferred or imposed on a Registrar of a division; and

(b) shall superintend, subject to the direction of the Registrar-General, the registration of births, deaths, and still-births, and the Registrars officiating within such district, and all other persons appointed for or engaged in carrying out the provisions of this Act within such district.

5. Registration divisions.

(1) The Minister may, by Notification published in the Gazette, divide the several administrative districts of Sri Lanka into such divisions, for the purposes of the registration of births and deaths, as may appear to him to be expedient, and may at any time by a like Notification amend, alter or abolish any such division.

(2) Every reference to any revenue district in any Notification made under subsection (1) of this section before the commencement of the Administrative Districts Act shall, after the commencement of that Act, be construed as a reference to the administrative district consisting of the area which constituted that revenue district.

6. Appointment of Registrars, Deputy Registrars.

(1) There may be appointed, whether by name or by office, for each division into which the administrative districts of Sri Lanka are divided, or are deemed to have been divided under section 5 (hereinafter referred to as a "division”)—

(a) one or more, Registrars and deputy Registrars; and

(b) in the prescribed circumstances and for such period as may be specified in the appointment, one or more, acting Registrars and acting deputy Registrars.

[S 6(1) subs by s 2 of Act 1 of 1993.]

(2) Every appointment referred to in subsection (1), which is made by reference to office, not being an acting appointment, shall be notified in the Gazette.

(3) No person shall be appointed to be, or to act as, a Registrar or a deputy Registrar of a division, situated in an area in which Part V of this Act applies, unless he is a registered medical practitioner or is a practitioner of indigenous medicine registered under the Indigenous Medicine Ordinance1 or is a person holding a certificate of competency issued by the Director of Health Services.

(4) Every acting Registrar and every deputy Registrar for the time being—

(a) shall have the powers conferred on a Registrar by or under this Act, and may exercise those powers;

(b) shall perform the duties imposed on a Registrar by or under this Act; and

(c) shall be subject to the liabilities and penalties imposed on a Registrar by this Act.

(5) —

(a) A person shall be disqualified from being appointed or continuing as a Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, if he—

(i) becomes a Member of Parliament; or

(ii) becomes a Member of a Provincial Council; or

(iii) becomes a Member of a local authority;

(iv) is holding any paid officer under the Republic; or

(v) is engaged in a profession that would prejudicially affect the duties of a Registrar.

(b) Where any Registrar or Deputy Registrar becomes disqualified by virtue of paragraph (a) of this subsection, the Registrar-General shall have the power to make an order of removal of such person from the post of Registrar or Deputy Registrar with the approval of the Minister by Order published in the Gazette, and such removal shall take effect on the date specified in the Gazette.

(c) In the event of a vacancy occurring in the post of a Registrar or Deputy Registrar as a result of any resignation or any removal from office, another person shall, having regard to the provisions of this section, be appointed to fill the vacancy.

(d) Where another person is appointed to fill a vacancy under this section, the person so appointed shall hold such office for the unexpired part of the term of office of a Registrar or Deputy Registrar as the case may be whom he succeeds.

[S 6(5) ins by s 2 of Act 37 of 2006.]

7. Registrars deemed to be public officers.

Every Registrar and deputy Registrar for the time being shall, as long as they hold office, be deemed to be public officers within the meaning of the Penal Code.

8. Residence and office at Registrar.

(1) Every Registrar shall dwell in his division and have an office or offices in such convenient place or places in that division as may be appointed in that behalf by the District Registrar of the district in which the division is situated:

Provided that such District Registrar may, in the special circumstances of any case and with the prior approval of the Registrar-General, authorise a Registrar to dwell or have his office or offices outside his division.

(2) Every District Registrar shall notify to the
Registrar-General the residence and office or offices of every Registrar whose division is situated within his district as soon as such Registrar is appointed or as soon as such Registrar has changed his residence or office.

(3) The Registrar shall attend at his office or each of his offices on such days and during such hours as may be fixed by the Registrar-General or by the District Registrar of the district in which that division is situated; and he shall cause a board bearing his name, the words "Registrar of Births and Deaths”, the name of his division, his days of attendance and his hours of works, in legible characters in the Sinhala, Tamil and English languages, to be exhibited in a conspicuous place at or near the entrance of his office, and in case he has more than one office, at or near the entrance of each of his offices.

9. Annual list.

The Registrar-General may from time to time publish in the Gazette in the Sinhala, Tamil and English languages a list of the Registrars of Births and Deaths in Sri Lanka, with their names and the names of their divisions and of their office or offices, and may cause such list to be exhibited conspicuously in the offices of the District Registrars.

PART II

General Provisions Relating to the Registration of Births, Deaths, and
Still-Births

10. Duty of Registrar to register births, deaths and still-births.

(1) It shall be the duty of every Registrar to inform himself carefully of every birth and death occurring in his division, and to register accurately and with all convenient dispatch in the language specified for the purpose by the Registrar-General,
in the registers provided by him, the particulars of the matters set out in forms A and B of the Schedule.

(2) It shall be duty of the Registrar of a division which is or is within an area in which Part V of this Act applies, to inform himself carefully of every still-birth occurring in his division, and to register accurately and with all convenient dispatch, in the language specified for the purpose by the Registrar-General, in the registers provided by him, the particulars of the matters set out in form C of the Schedule.

(3) Every registration entry consisting of the particulars registered under the preceding provisions of this section—

(a) shall be made in the order of time in which those particulars were given to the Registrar;

(b) shall be numbered consecutively and shall be signed by the officer making the entry; and

(c) shall be prepared in triplicate, that is to say, the original, the second copy (hereinafter referred to as the "duplicate”), and a third copy which shall bear an endorsement under the hand of the District Registrar, Additional District Registrar or Registrar, as the case may be, that it is issued under the provisions of section 11A:

Provided, however, that a registration entry under Part V in respect of a still-birth shall be kept only in the original.

[S 10(3) subs by s 3(A) of Law 41 of 1975.]

11. Transmission of duplicates to Registrar–General.

(1) Every Registrar of a division shall, at the end of each period fixed in that behalf by the Registrar-General, send to the District Registrar of the district in which that Registrar's division is situated for transmission to the Registrar-General for custody in his office—

(a) the duplicate of every registration entry made by such Registrar in that division during such period; and

(b) if no such entry was made during the period, a certificate to that effect:

Provided that a Registrar shall send that duplicate or certificate direct to the Registrar-General, if such Registrar is so directed in writing by the Registrar-General.

(2) Every District Registrar shall, at the end of each period fixed in that behalf by the Registrar-General, send to him for custody in his office—

(a) the duplicate of every registration entry made by such District Registrar during that period; and

(b) if no such entry was made during the period, a certificate to that effect.

11A. Issue of free copy of birth and death registration entry.

Where a registration entry is made in triplicate in accordance with the provisions of this Act by the Registrar of a division or by a District Registrar or by an Additional District Registrar on particulars furnished by an informant, such Registrar or District Registrar or Additional District Registrar shall forthwith, free of charge deliver or transmit by post to such informant, the third copy of that registration entry.

[S 11A ins by s 3(B) of Law 41 of 1975.]

12. Replacement of the original entry or duplicate entry in certain circumstances.

(1) Where the original of a registration entry (prepared under this Act or under any past enactment) is lost, damaged, illegible or in danger of becoming illegible, and the duplicate is available, the Registrar-General may, after due inquiry, cause to be substituted therefor a copy of the duplicate certified by him to have been made after verification with the duplicate and to be a true copy of the duplicate.

(2) Where the duplicate of a registration entry (prepared under this Act or under any past enactment) is lost, damaged, illegible or in danger of becoming illegible, and the original is in the custody of a District Registrar, the Registrar-General may, after due inquiry, cause to be substituted therefor a copy of the original certified by the District Registrar to have been made after verification with the original and to be a true copy of the original.

(3) Where the duplicate of a registration entry (prepared under this Act or under any past enactment) is lost, damaged, illegible or in danger of becoming illegible, and the original is in the custody of a District Registrar, the Registrar-General may, after due inquiry, cause to be substituted therefor a copy of the original certified by that Registrar to have been made after verification with the original and to be a true copy of the original and countersigned by the District Registrar in whose district that division is situated.

13. Replacement of an entry when both the original and duplicate are lost, damaged or illegible.

(1) Where both the original and the duplicate of a registration entry (prepared under this Act or under any past enactment) are lost, damaged, illegible or in danger of becoming illegible, the Registrar-General may, upon the production of a declaration, made in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2), or of his own motion, and after such inquiry as he may think necessary, cause to be substituted therefor copies of such original and duplicate bearing his certificates setting out the reasons for such substitution and the sources from which the particulars specified in such copies were obtained:

Provided, however, that where both the original and the duplicate are lost or illegible, copies shall not be substituted as aforesaid unless—

(a) the Registrar-General has made a full report to the appropriate District Court setting out the reasons for the proposed substitution, the particulars proposed to be substituted and the evidence upon which the particulars have been obtained; and

(b) the District Court has, after holding such inquiry and giving such notice as the court may consider requisite, sanctioned such substitution as the court may deem proper. No stamp duty shall be payable on any proceedings before a District Court under this subsection.

(2) The declaration referred to in subsection (1) shall—

(a) be made in writing;

(b) be made by the person upon whose information the original entry was made or any credible person having knowledge of the truth of the particulars relating to such entry;

(c) be made before the Registrar-General or any District Registrar; and

(d) set out the reasons why substituted copies are necessary and the sources and nature of the information (relating to the particulars to be specified therein) upon which the declarant relies.

14. Substituted filed and preserved or duplicates.

(1) The Registrar-General shall cause every copy substituted under section 12 or section 13 to be filed and preserved.

(2) Every copy certified in accordance with the provisions of section 12 (1) or section 12(2) or section 13, or certified and countersigned in accordance with the provisions of section 12(3) shall be deemed for the purposes of this Act to be the original or duplicate, as the case may be, which it replaces.

PART III

Registration of Births

15. Obligation on certain individuals to give information about birth in person.

Subject to the provisions of subsection (1) of section 20, the father or mother of every child born alive, and in case the parents of the child are unable to provide the information relating to the birth hereinafter specified by reason of their death, illness, absence or other inability recognised by the Registrar-General, the occupier of the house or building in which the child was born, each person present at the birth and the person having charge of the child shall, within
forty-two days of the date of the birth, give information of such of the particulars relating to the birth required under this Act to be registered as the informant possesses, to the appropriate Registrar and shall, if called upon by the Registrar, sign the register of births in the appropriate place in the presence of the Registrar. This section shall apply to a birth which has occurred not earlier than forty-two days before the appointed date in like manner as it applies to a birth occurring on or after that date.

16. When and how information about birth may be given by written declaration.

(1) If a person required under section 15 to give particulars of a birth occurring in a division cannot conveniently attend the office of the Registrar of that division, it shall be competent for such person—

(a) to make a written declaration containing information of such of the particulars of the birth specified in form D in the Schedule as such person possesses, to affix thereon a stamp supplied by the declarant of the value of
twenty-five cents and to send the declaration to the Registrar of that division; or

(b) if such person resides in some other division, to make a declaration as aforesaid, to affix thereon stamps of the value of fifty cents to be supplied by the declarant and to send the declaration to the Registrar of such other division.

(2) The Registrar to whom a declaration is sent under subsection (1) may, by written notice, require the declarant to attend his office within seven days of the receipt of the notice and to supply such written or oral information as he may require. Where a declaration under subsection (1) is sent to a Registrar of a division other than that in which the birth to which the declaration relates occurred, it shall be the duty of such other Registrar to receive and attest the declaration and to send it to the Registrar of the division in which the birth occurred.

(3) On receipt of a declaration relating to a birth sent to him under subsection (1) or under subsection (2) and such other information as he may obtain under subsection (2), the appropriate Registrar shall, if such birth has not already been registered, enter in the register of births the particulars relating to that birth required under this Act to be registered, and sign that register in the appropriate place. The declaration shall be attached to the duplicate of the relevant registration entry and shall be sent together with that duplicate to the appropriate District Registrar for transmission to the Registrar-General for custody in his office.

17. Information birth to be given by child.

Subject to the provisions of subsection (2) of section 20, where any living new-born child is found exposed, it shall be the duty of the person finding such child, within seven days of such finding, and of the person in whose charge such child is placed, within seven days of the date on which such child is placed in his charge, to give to the appropriate Registrar information of such of the particulars required under this Act to be registered as the informant possesses and to sign the register of births in the appropriate place in the presence of that Registrar:

Provided that any person obliged, under the preceding provisions of this section, to provide information of a birth to a Registrar may, instead of providing that information to him, give the information to the nearest Grama Niladhari or to the officer in charge of the nearest police station and, if such information has been so given, the Grama Niladhari or officer shall give the information to the appropriate Registrar and sign the register of births in the appropriate place.

18. Requisition by Registrar of information concerning birth.

(1) Where a birth occurring in a division has, from the default of the persons required to give information concerning the birth under this Act, not been registered, the Registrar of that division, may, after forty-two days from the date of such birth, or, in any case when a new-born child is found, after seven days from the date of such finding, send a written requisition to any such person requiring him to attend personally at the Registrar's office within such time (not less than seven days from the date of the receipt of the notice and not more than three months from the date of the birth or the finding) as may be specified in the notice, and to give information of such of the particulars required to be registered under this Act as he possesses and to sign the register of births in the appropriate place in the presence of the Registrar.

(2) Every person to whom a requisition is sent under subsection (1) shall, unless the birth to which the requisition relates has been previously registered, comply with the terms of the requisition.

19. Duty of Registrar to register births without fee or reward.

It shall be the duty of a Registrar upon receiving from the appropriate informant at any time, not exceeding three months from the dare of a birth or of the finding of a new-born child, information of any of the particulars required to be registered under this Act, to register, without fee or reward, forthwith in the prescribed form and manner such particulars (if they have not been previously registered), and to sign the register of births in the appropriate place.

20. Information about, and registration of birth of, children born, or living newborn children found exposed, in estates.

(1) Where a birth occurs in an estate, it shall be the duty of the person or persons required by section 15 to give information relating thereto to give such information to the superintendent of the estate, within seven days of the birth, instead of to the Registrar.

(2) Where any living new-born child is found exposed in an estate, it shall be the duty of the person finding such child, within twenty-four hours of such finding, and of the person in whose charge such child is placed, within twenty-four hours of his taking charge of such child, to give to the superintendent of the estate, instead of to the Registrar, the information required by section 17 to be given to the Registrar.

(3) Where the superintendent of an estate receives information of a birth under subsection (1), he shall, within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the information, make, after verifying the information, a written report of the birth, substantially in the form E set out in the Schedule, to the nearest medical officer, or apothecary, appointed under the Medical Wants Ordinance, who shall send that report forthwith to the District Registrar of the district in which the estate is situated.

(4) Where the superintendent of an estate receives any information under subsection (2), he shall, within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the information, make a written report of the information, after verifying it, to the nearest medical officer, or apothecary, appointed under the Medical Wants Ordinance, who shall send that report forthwith to the District Registrar of the district in which the estate is situated.

(5) Where a District Registrar receives a report sent to him under subsection (3) or subsection (4), he shall register, in the prescribed form and manner, the particulars relating to the birth specified in that report. The superintendent of the estate who has made that report shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be the informant who supplied the aforesaid particulars and to have signed the entry, consisting of those particulars, made by the Registrar.

21. Registration of illegitimate children.

(1) No person shall, in the case of an illegitimate child, as father of such child, be required to give information under this Act concerning the birth of such child.

(2) The Registrar shall not enter in a register of births (kept under this Act or any past enactment) the name of any person as the father of an illegitimate child—

(a) except at the joint request of the mother and of the person acknowledging himself as the father of the child, and unless such person signs the register together with the mother; or

(b) except upon an order of a competent court which is summarised in the register:

Provided that where a Registrar for the purpose of registering a birth takes particulars relating to the birth from a declaration made under section 16 or section 24, or from a superintendent's report made under section 20, or from a certificate of a Magistrate or Judge of a Primary Court issued under section 49, he shall enter in such register as father of the child the name of any person acknowledging himself as such, if such person has together with the mother signed in the appropriate place such declaration, report or certificate.

(3) Except upon an order of a competent court, no person shall, after the original registration of the birth of an illegitimate child, enter in the register of births the name of any person as the father of such child.

22. Registrar may call for proof of marriage in certain circumstances.

If a Registrar has reason to doubt the legitimacy of a child whose birth has been or is to be registered on information supplied by the person required under this Act to give information concerning the birth, he may give notice to any person who may be prejudiced by such registration or intended registration, to appear before him and give such information relating to the birth as he may require, and he may demand from the person required under this Act to give information concerning the birth a certified copy of the entry, relating to the marriage of the alleged parents of the child, in the marriage register, or such other proof as he may think fit; and if such copy or other proof is not produced, he shall inform the appropriate District Registrar that such copy, or other proof to his satisfaction, has not been produced, and the District Registrar may, after such inquiry as he may consider necessary, take such steps as he may deem fit.

23. Restriction on registration of birth after three months from occurrence.

No person shall, after the expiration of a period of three months immediately succeeding the date of the birth of any person, register or cause to be registered that birth except upon an order made in that behalf under section 24 by the Registrar-General or the appropriate District Registrar.

24. Order for registration of birth, after three months from occurrence.

(1) In any case where the birth of any person is not registered within the period of three months immediately succeeding the date of the birth—

(a) the Registrar-General or any District Registrar or Registrar may, by notice in writing, direct any person who is required by this Act to give information concerning the birth to attend personally at the office of the Registrar-General or of a District Registrar within such time, not being less than seven days after the receipt of the notice, as may be specified in the notice, and to make before that officer a declaration of the particulars required to be registered under this Act in respect of the birth; or

(b) any such person or any other person interested may of his own motion attend personally at the office of the Registrar-General or of any District Registrar and make before such officer a declaration of the particulars required to be registered concerning the birth.

(2) Every declaration under subsection (1) shall be made substantially in the form F in the Schedule and shall contain a statement of the particulars required to be set out in the form according to the best of the knowledge and belief of the declarant. Every such declaration shall be accompanied by a fee of rupees fifty or such other amount as may be prescribed by the Minister, which shall be paid by the declarant.

[S 24(2) am by s 2 of Act 25 of 2013.]

(3) Any District Registrar, not being the appropriate District Registrar, before whom a declaration is made under subsection (1), shall—

(a) if the declaration is made within the period of twelve months immediately succeeding the date of the birth, transmit the declaration to the appropriate District Registrar to be dealt with as provided in subsection (5), and

(b) if the declaration is made after the expiration of the said period of twelve months, transmit the declaration to the Registrar-General to be dealt with as provided in subsection (6).

(4) Where a declaration under subsection (1) is made before the appropriate District Registrar after the expiration of the period of twelve months immediately succeeding the date of the birth, the District Registrar shall transmit the declaration to the Registrar-General to be dealt with as provided in subsection (6).

(5) Where a declaration under the preceding provisions of this section is made before any District Registrar within the period of twelve months immediately succeeding the date of the birth, the appropriate District Registrar may, if he is satisfied as to the truth of the matters stated in the declaration, make order directing the appropriate Registrar to enter in the register of births the particulars specified in the declaration. Any such order may be made notwithstanding that a period of twelve months has elapsed after the date of the birth.

(6) Where any declaration is made under subsection (1) before the Registrar-General or is transmitted to him under subsection (3) or subsection (4), he may, if he is satisfied as to the truth of the matters stated in the declaration and if the birth to which the declaration relates occurred not earlier than the 1st day of January, 1868, make order directing the appropriate Registrar to enter in the register of births the particulars specified in the declaration.

25. Effect of order under section 24.

(1) Where an order under section 24 is made directing a Registrar to enter the particulars of a birth specified in a declaration, he shall forthwith enter those particulars in the register of births and sign the register in the appropriate place. The entry so made shall be deemed for the purposes of this Act to have been signed by the person who made the declaration.

(2) Every written order under section 24 shall be attached to the duplicate of the relevant registration entry and shall be sent together with the duplicate to the appropriate District Registrar for transmission to the Registrar-General for custody in his office.

26. Application of section 24 to certain births occurring before the appointed date.

The provisions of section 24 shall apply to the registration of a birth which has occurred prior to the appointed date, if, but only if, the birth had occurred not earlier than the 1st day of January, 1868.

27. Insertion or alteration of the name of a person in the register.

[Subs by s 3(C)(ii) of Law 41 of 1975.]

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