Post Office Act


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Post Office Act
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POST OFFICE
CHAPTER 300

POST OFFICE

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.

Duties of Postage
3. Postal packet subject to charge.
4. Power of Minister to fix rates of postage.
5. Payment of postage by addressee or sender.
6. Recovery of postage.
7. Post office mark evidence of refusal, etc.
8. Official mark to be evidence of amount of postage.
9. Provision for stamps.

Conditions of Transit of Postal Packets
10. Rules as to postal packets.
11. Liability for loss of postal packets.
12. Rules for preventing sending by post indecent articles, etc.
13. Dealing with postal packets not sent in conformity with act.
14. Postal packets with contraband goods.
15. Decisions as to postal packets.
16. Minister to continue to maintain money order system.

British Postal Orders
17. British postal orders.
18. Loss on forged orders.

Postal Union
19. Governor-General to arrange continuance of The Bahamas in postal union.
20. Governor-General to continue to maintain and to extend parcel post.
21. Loss on parcels.

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Ship Letters
22. Duties of masters of outward bound vessels as respects mail bags.
23. Duties of masters of inward bound vessels as respects postal packets.
24. Penalty for master of vessel opening mail bag.
25. Duties of officers of customs as to delivery of letters by masters of vessels.
26. Shipowners’ letters.
27. Gratuities to masters of vessels.
28. Retention of letters after delivery of letters to post office.

Legal Proceedings
29. Punishment of offences in relation to postal orders, and the poundage thereon.
30. Provisions as to form of proceedings.
31. Evidence of article being a postal packet.
32. Power to compound actions.
33. Saving clause as to liability.
34. Application of fines.

Construction
35. Meaning of “in course of transmission by post” and “delivery to or from a post”.

Postmaster and Officers
36. Attendance of officers.
37. Out Island postal packets.
38. District postmasters to be appointed.

Branch Post Offices
39. Power to establish branch offices, etc.
40. Attendance of officers.
41. Officers under Postmaster General.
42. Forwarding of postal packets.
43. Duties of officer in charge of branch post office.
44. Branch post office to be part of post office department.

General
45. Rules.
46. Expenses to be defrayed out of post office revenue.

SCHEDULE — Declaration by Master of Vessel.

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CHAPTER 300

POST OFFICE

An Act relating to the Post Office.

[Commencement 21st March, 1914]

1. This Act may be cited as the Post Office Act.
2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“mail” includes every conveyance by which postal

packets are carried, whether it be a carriage,
cart, dray, horse or any other conveyance, and
also a person employed in conveying or
delivering postal packets, and also any vessel or
boat employed by or under the post office for
the transmission of postal packets by contract or
otherwise in respect of postal packets
transmitted by the vessel or boat;

“mail bag” includes a bag, box, parcel or any other
envelope or covering in which postal packets in
course of transmission by post are conveyed,
whether it does or does not contain any such
packets;

“Minister” means the Minister responsible for Postal
Services;

“officer of the post office” includes the Postmaster
General, and any person employed in any
business of the post office, whether employed
by the Postmaster General, or by any person
under him or on behalf of the post office;

“postage” means the duty chargeable for the trans-
mission of postal packets;

“post office” includes any house, building, room,
carriage or place used for the purpose of the
post office, and any post office letter box;

“postal packet” means a letter, post card, newspaper,
book packet, or parcel or every packet or article
transmissible by post;

16 of 1914
5 of 1917
32 of 1925
2 of 1939
7 of 1952
43 of 1964
20 of 1965
E.L.A.O., 1974
S.I. 51/1976
5 of 1987
20 of 1989
Short title.

Interpretation.

E.L.A.O., 1974.

5 of 1987, Sch.

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“prohibited article” means any postal packet contain-
ing or bearing any fictitious postage stamp, that
is to say, any facsimile, or imitation or repre-
sentation of any stamp for denoting any rate or
duty of postage, including any stamp for
denoting a rate or duty of postage of The
Bahamas, or any country of the Commonwealth,
or of any foreign country; or purporting to be
prepaid with any postage stamp which has been
previously used to prepay any other postal
packet, or any other revenue duty or tax;

“rules” means the rules made under this Act.
Duties of Postage

3. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, there
shall be charged, raised, levied and collected by the
Postmaster-General for payment into the Consolidated
Fund on all packets which are conveyed or delivered for
conveyance by post under the authority of the Postmaster-
General such postage and other sums as may be fixed in
the manner provided by this Act.

(2) All postage and other charges imposed under
subsection (1) shall be prepaid by means of postage
stamps, impressions of meter franking machines used
under licence issued by the Minister, or official post office
stamping dies which shall be affixed to all postal packets
liable to such postage to the amount of the rates of postage
payable thereon.

4. The Minister may, by Order, fix the rates of
postage and other sums to be charged in respect of postal
packets under this Act, and regulate the scale of weights
and the circumstances according to which those rates and
sums are to be charged.

5. (1) Where the postage or any other sum
chargeable on any postal packet is not prepaid by the sender
or is insufficiently prepaid, the postage or sum, or the defi-
ciency, as the case may be, shall be paid by the person to
whom the postal packet is addressed (in this Act styled the
addressee) on the delivery thereof to him; or, if the postal
packet is refused, or the addressee is dead or cannot be
found, by the sender.

5 of 1987, Sch.

Postal packet
subject to charge.
20 of 1989, s. 2.

Power of
Minister to fix
rates of postage.
E.L.A.O., 1974.

Payment of
postage by
addressee or
sender.

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(2) Where the postage or any other sum chargeable
on a postal packet has not been prepaid or has been
insufficiently prepaid by the sender, and the addressee on
receiving the packet and paying the postage or other sum,
or the deficiency, as the case may be, desires to reject it,
and to compel the sender thereof to pay the postage or
other sum or the deficiency, as the case may be, the
Postmaster General on the application of the addressee, and
subject to the rules, may charge the postage or other sum,
or deficiency, as the case may be, to the sender, with the
additional postage of returning the packet to him, and in
every such case the sender of the postal packet shall pay
the postage or other sum chargeable on sending the packet,
or the deficiency, as the case may be, and also the postage
or returning the packet, and on the payment thereof by the
sender the amount paid in respect of postage by the
addressee shall be repaid to him by the Postmaster General.

(3) Nothing in this section shall release the
addressee from his liability to pay the postage or other sum
chargeable on a packet or any deficiency thereon on the
delivery thereof to him.

6. All postage and other sums payable under this
Act in respect of postal packets may be sued for and
recovered, without limit as to amount, summarily at the
suit and in the name of the Postmaster-General.

7. In any proceeding for the recovery of postage or
other sums payable in respect of postal packets —

(a) the production of any postal packet in respect of
which any such postage or sum is sought to be
recovered, having thereupon a post office stamp
denoting that the packet has been refused or
rejected, or that the addressee was dead or could
not be found, shall be prima facie evidence of
the fact denoted;

(b) the person from whom any postal packet in
respect of which any such postage or sum is
sought to be recovered purports to have come
shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to
be the sender of the packet.

Recovery of
postage.
20 of 1989, s. 3.

Post office mark
evidence of
refusal, etc.

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8. (1) The official mark of any sum of any postal
packet as due in respect of that packet to the post office of
The Bahamas or of any foreign country shall in every court
be received as sufficient proof of the liability of the packet
to the sum so marked unless the contrary is shown, and the
sum shall be recoverable without limit as to amount
summarily as postage at the suit and in the name of the
Postmaster-General.

(2) In any such proceedings as mentioned in
subsection (1) or section 7, a certificate purporting to be
signed by the Postmaster-General that any mark or stamp is
such a mark or stamp as is mentioned in those provisions
shall be sufficient proof thereof unless the contrary is shown.

9. All duties of postage and other sums in respect
of postal packets payable in pursuance of this Act, or any
order made under this Act, shall be chargeable as stamp
duties, and all Acts relating to stamp duties shall apply
accordingly.

Conditions of Transit of Postal Packets
10. All postal packets shall be posted, forwarded,

conveyed and delivered subject to such provisions,
conditions, prohibitions and restrictions respecting the time
and mode of posting and delivery, and of the payment of
postage and other sums in respect thereof chargeable under
this Act or any order made under this Act, and respecting
the registration of, and giving receipts for, and giving and
obtaining certificates of posting and delivery of, any postal
packet, and the sums to be paid in addition to any other
postage for that registration, receipt or certificate, and
respecting stamps, dies with advertisements or slogans,
covers, form, dimensions, maximum weight, enclosures,
the use of packets (other than letters) for making
communications and otherwise, as may be directed by the
rules.

11. The registration of or giving a receipt for a
postal packet, or the giving or obtaining of a certificate of
posting or delivery of a postal packet, shall not render the
Postmaster General or the post office revenue in any
manner liable for the loss of the packet or the contents
thereof.

20 of 1989, s. 4.

Official mark
to be evidence
of amount of
postage.

Provision for
stamps.

Rules as to postal
packets.

20 of 1989, s. 5.

Liability for loss
of postal packets.

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12. Rules may be made for preventing the sending
or delivery by post of indecent or obscene prints, paintings,
photographs, lithographs, engravings, books or cards, or of
other indecent or obscene articles, or of letters,
newspapers, supplements, publications, packets or post
cards having thereon, or on the covers thereof, any words,
marks or designs of an indecent, obscene, libellous or
grossly offensive character or for preventing the sending or
use of any prohibited article.

13. (1) If any postal packet is posted or sent by post
in contravention of this Act, or of any rule made
thereunder, the transmission thereof may be refused, and
the packet may, if necessary, be detained and opened in the
post office, and shall be either returned to the sender
thereof, or forwarded to its destination, in either case
charged with such additional postage at a rate not
exceeding the letter rate of postage, or without any
additional charge, as the rules may direct.

(2) The authority given to the Postmaster General
by subsection (1) of this section may be exercised by him
in all respects in cases where the postal packet dealt with
thereunder is or has been posted without The Bahamas.

14. (1) The Postmaster General may detain any
postal packet suspected to contain any contraband goods,
and forward the packet to the Comptroller of Customs and
the Comptroller of Customs, in the presence of the person
to whom the packet is addressed, or if, after notice in
writing from him requiring his attendance, left at or
forwarded by post to the address on the packet, he fails to
attend, then in his absence, may open and examine the
packet, and, if he finds any contraband goods, may detain
the packet and its contents for the purpose of prosecution;
and, if he finds no contraband goods, shall either deliver
the packet to the person to whom it is addressed, upon his
paying the postage, if any, chargeable thereon or, if he is
absent, shall forward the packet to him by post.

(2) This section shall not apply to official consular
correspondence.

15. If any question arises whether any postal packet
is a letter or any other description of postal packet within the
meaning of this Act, or of any order made under this Act,
the decision thereon of the Postmaster General shall be


20 of 1989, s.6.

Rules for
preventing
sending by post
indecent articles,
etc.

Dealing with
postal packets
not sent in
conformity with
Act.

Postal packets
with contraband
goods.

20 of 1989, s. 7.

7 of 1952, s. 2.

E.L.A.O., 1974.

Decisions as to
postal packets.

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final, save that the Minister may, if he thinks fit, on the
application of any person interested, reverse or modify the
decision, and order accordingly.

16. It shall be lawful for the Minister to continue to
maintain the existing money order system for the granting
of money orders on postmasters in the Commonwealth, or
any foreign state, and the payment of any orders drawn by
such postmasters on the Postmaster General, and to
establish such a system with any other part of the
Commonwealth or any other foreign state, and from time
to time to modify, amend, abolish, cancel or rescind any
such system.

British Postal Orders
17. It shall be lawful for the Minister to continue to

maintain the existing arrangements under which British
postal orders are issued, and paid in The Bahamas, and
from time to time modify, amend, abolish, cancel or
rescind such arrangement.

18. (1) The loss resulting from the payment of a
forged order in the United Kingdom or in The Bahamas
shall be shared between the United Kingdom and The
Bahamas in such proportion as may be agreed on by the
proper authorities in the United Kingdom and the
Governor-General.

(2) Such proportionate share of loss to be borne by
The Bahamas shall be paid out of the Consolidated Fund
by warrant in the usual manner.

Postal Union
19. The Governor-General may from time to time

make the necessary arrangements with the proper autho-
rities to enable The Bahamas to continue a member of the
International Postal Union.

20. It shall be lawful for the Governor-General to
continue to maintain the existing arrangements under
which a parcel post exists between The Bahamas and any
part of the Commonwealth or any foreign state, and from
time to time to modify, amend, abolish, cancel or rescind


Minister to
continue to
maintain money
order system.
2 of 1939, s. 2.

43 of 1964, Third
Sch.;
E.L.A.O., 1974.

E.L.A.O. 1974.

20 of 1989, s.19.

2 of 1939, s.3.;
43 of 1964, Third
Sch.

British postal
orders.

Loss on forged
orders.

Governor-
General to
arrange
continuance of
The Bahamas in
Postal Union.

Governor-
General to
continue to
maintain and to
extend parcel
post.

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such arrangements and to establish a parcel post between
The Bahamas and any other part of the Commonwealth or
any other foreign state, and from time to time modify,
amend, abolish, cancel or rescind the same.

21. (1) Any loss resulting from loss of or damage to
a postal parcel shall be shared between any such part of the
Commonwealth and The Bahamas or between any such
foreign state and The Bahamas respectively in such
proportions as may be agreed on by the proper authorities
in any such part of the Commonwealth, or in any such
foreign state, respectively, and the Governor-General.

(2) Such proportionate share of loss to be borne by
The Bahamas shall be paid out of the Consolidated Fund
by warrant in the usual manner.

Ship Letters
22. (1) Every master of a vessel outward bound shall

receive on board his vessel every mail bag tendered to him
by an officer of the post office for conveyance, and having
received it shall deliver it, on arriving at the port or place
of his destination, without delay.

(2) If he fails to comply with this section he shall
forfeit eight hundred dollars.

23. (1) Every master of a vessel arriving at any port
of entry shall collect all postal packets on board his vessel
being within the exclusive privilege of the Postmaster
General, and not being letters by this Act defined as
shipowners’ letters, and without delay deliver those
packets to the proper officer of the post office demanding
them, or, if no demand is made by that officer, then at the
post office at such port.

(2) The master of every such vessel shall, at the port
where the vessel reports, sign, in the presence of the proper
officer of the post office or other person authorised by the
Postmaster General, a declaration of compliance with this
Act (which may be in the form contained in the Schedule
to this Act), and shall not break bulk or make entry of any
part of her cargo in any port until he has complied with this
section. The declaration shall also be signed by the person
in whose presence it is made.

Loss on parcels.
2 of 1939, s.4.

Duties of masters
of outward bound
vessels as
respects mail
bags.

5 of 1987, s.2.

Duties of masters
of inward bound
vessels as
respects postal
packets.

Schedule.

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(3) If the master of a vessel does not duly deliver
any postal packets in accordance with this section, he shall
forfeit eight hundred dollars.

(4) If the master of a vessel refuses or wilfully
neglects to make the declaration required by this section,
he shall forfeit two hundred dollars.

(5) If the master of a vessel breaks bulk or makes
entry before the postal packets on board his vessel have
been delivered in accordance with this section he shall be
liable on summary conviction to a fine of eighty dollars.

24. (1) If a master of a vessel —
(a) opens a sealed mail bag with which he is

entrusted for conveyance;
(b) takes out of a mail bag with which he is

entrusted for conveyance any postal packet or
other thing,

he shall forfeit eight hundred dollars.
(2) If any person to whom postal packets have been

entrusted by the master of a vessel to be brought on shore
breaks the seal, or in any manner wilfully opens them, he
shall on summary conviction be liable to a fine of eighty
dollars.

25. (1) An officer of customs shall not allow any
inward bound vessel to report until the declaration required
by this Act with respect to postal packets has been made
and produced to him, and may refuse to permit bulk to be
broken on board such a vessel or entry to be made of any
part of her cargo until the postal packets on board the
vessel have been delivered as required by this Act, and
may search every such vessel for postal packets which may
be on board contrary to this Act, and may seize the same
and forward them to the nearest post office.

(2) For the purposes of this section and of sections
23, 24, 26, 27 and 28 —

(a) references to a vessel or a ship include references
to an aircraft; and

(b) references to a master of a vessel include
references to the commander or pilot of an
aircraft.

5 of 1987, s.2.

5 of 1987, s.2.

5 of 1987, s.2.

5 of 1987, s.2.

5 of 1987, s.2.

20 of 1989, s.10.

Penalty for
master of vessel
opening mail
bag.

Duties of officers
of customs as to
delivery of letters
by masters of
vessels.

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26. (1) The following letters (in this Act referred to
as shipowners’ letters), that is to say, letters of the owners,
charterers or consignees of vessels inward bound, and of
the owners, consignees or shippers of goods on board those
vessels, when complying with the conditions hereinafter
mentioned shall be delivered to the owners, charterers,
consignees or shippers by the master free of postage, and
the persons to whom they are to be delivered shall be
entitled to the delivery thereof before the delivery of the
other letters to the post office:

Provided that —
(a) the owner, charterer or consignee shall be

described as such on the address and super-
scription; and

(b) in the case of the owners, shippers or consignees
of goods, it shall also appear by the ship’s
manifest that they have goods on board the
vessel.

(2) If any person with intent to evade any postage
falsely superscribes a letter as being the owner or charterer
or consignee of the vessel conveying the letter, or as the
owner or the shipper or the consignee of goods shipped on
the vessel, he shall for each offence be liable on summary
conviction to a fine of forty dollars.

27. The rules may provide for the allowance to
masters of vessels in respect of postal packets, or any
description thereof, conveyed by them on behalf of the post
office, of such gratuities under such conditions and
restrictions as the Minister may, from time to time, think
fit.

28. If any person, being either the master or one of
the officers or crew of a vessel inward bound, or a
passenger thereof, knowingly has in his baggage or in his
possession or custody any postal packet, except a postal
packet not within the privilege of the Postmaster General,
after the master has sent any part of the postal packets on
board his vessel to the post office, he shall for every such
packet be liable on summary conviction to a fine of twenty
dollars; and, if he detains any such packet after demand
made, either by an officer of customs or by any person
authorised by the Postmaster General to demand the postal
packets on board the vessel, he shall for every postal
packet be liable on summary conviction to a fine of forty
dollars.

Shipowners’
letters.

5 of 1987.s.2.

Gratuities to
masters of
vessels.
E.L.A.O., 1974.

5 of 1987, s.2.

Retention of
letters after
delivery of letters
to post office.

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Legal Proceedings
29. The provisions of any Act respecting the

punishment of offences connected with stamp duties shall
apply in like manner as if any poundage or commission
chargeable for a postal order were stamp duty, and as if the
paper used for postal orders were paper provided by the
Treasurer.

30. (1) In any legal proceedings for any offence
committed or attempted to be committed, or in any malicious,
injurious or fraudulent act or thing done in, upon or with
respect to the post office or the post office revenue, or any
mail bag, postal packet, money order or any chattel, money or
valuable security, sent by post, or in anywise concerning any
property under the management or control of the Postmaster
General it shall be sufficient to allege the property to belong
to the Postmaster General of The Bahamas, and to allege any
such act or thing to have been done with intent to injure or
defraud such Postmaster General, without in either case
naming the person who is Postmaster General, and it shall not
be necessary to allege or to prove upon the trial or otherwise
that the mail bag, postal packet, money order, chattel, money,
security or property is of any value.

(2) In any legal proceeding against any officer of
the post office for any offence committed against this Act,
it shall be sufficient to allege that the alleged offender was
an officer of the post office at the time of the committing
of the offence, without stating further the nature or
particulars of his employment.

31. On the prosecution of any offence under this
Act, whether on summary conviction or on information,
evidence that any article is in the course of transmission by
post, or has been accepted on behalf of the Postmaster
General for transmission by post, shall be sufficient
evidence that the article is a postal packet.

32. The Postmaster General, with the approval of
the Attorney-General, may compromise and compound any
legal proceeding against any person for recovering any fine
or forfeiture incurred under this Act, on such terms and
conditions as the Postmaster General in his absolute
discretion thinks proper, with full power for him, or any of


Punishment of
offences in
relation to postal
orders, and the
poundage
thereon.

Provisions as to
form of
proceedings.

Evidence of
article being a
postal packet.

Power to
compound
actions.

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his officers or agents authorised by him for the purpose to
accept any fine or forfeiture so incurred or alleged to be
incurred, or any part thereof, without any legal proceeding
for recovery thereof.

33. When proceedings are taken before any court
against a person in respect of an offence under this Act,
which is also an offence punishable at common law, or
under some Act other than this Act, the court may direct
that instead of those proceedings being continued,
proceedings shall be taken for punishing that person at
common law, or under some Act other than this Act.

34. All fines, forfeitures and other sums recovered in
respect of an offence under this Act shall, notwithstanding
anything in any other Act, be paid into the Consolidated
Fund.

Construction
35. For the purpose of this Act —
(a) a postal packet shall be deemed to be in course of

transmission by post from the time of its being
delivered to a post office to the time of its being
delivered to the person to whom it is addressed;

(b) the delivery of a postal packet of any description
into a letter box provided by the Postmaster-
General for the purpose or to a person authorised
to receive postal packets of that description for
the post shall be a delivery to a post office;

(c) the delivery of a postal packet into the private
post office box to which or of the person to
whom the packet is addressed, or to him or to
his servant or agent or other person considered
to be authorised to receive the packet, according
to the usual manner of delivering that person’s
postal packets, shall be a delivery to the person
addressed.

Postmaster and Officers
36. The officers of the post office department shall

give daily attendance thereat on the days and during the
hours prescribed by any Act prescribing the hours of


Saving clause as
to liability.

Application of
fines.

Meaning of “in
course of
transmission by
post” and
“delivery to or
from a post”.

20 of 1989, s.13.

20 of 1989, s.13.

Attendance of
officers.

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attendance of public officers, and such officers shall give
further attendance at the said office on all such other days
and at all such other hours as may be necessary to insure
the prompt receipt of mails and early distribution and
delivery of postal packets, and also for the making up and
despatch of mails from the said office.

37. The Postmaster General shall forward to the
several district postmasters at the Out Islands all postal
packets received at the post office in Nassau directed to
residents at any such Out Island.

38. (1) The Minister may, with the consent of the
Minister responsible for Local Government Administra-
tion, designate any commissioner as a district postmaster
for any Out Island District.

(2) District postmasters shall be under the
immediate orders and directions of the Postmaster General
as the head of the department, and shall correspond with
and make all their financial and other returns, reports and
payments to or through him.

(3) District postmasters shall forward, by the
earliest conveyance, all postal packets received by them for
onward transmission unless the packets are due to be
forwarded in a mail authorised by the Postmaster-General
or they are for delivery within the District.

(4) Every district postmaster shall, as soon as
practicable after the thirty-first day of March, the thirtieth
day of June, the thirtieth day of September, and the thirty-
first day of December, in each and every year, make out a
true and faithful account in duplicate of all moneys
received by him under the authority of any Act relating to
the post office department during the then preceding
quarter; and shall transmit the same, together with the
amount of money then in his hands belonging to the
department, to the Postmaster General at Nassau.

(5) District postmasters shall receive suchreasonable
remuneration as may from time to time be deemed just and
fair by the Governor-General.

Out Island postal
packets.

E.L.A.O., 1974.

District
postmasters to be
appointed.

District
postmasters
under Postmaster
General.

20 of 1989, s.14.

Duties of district
postmasters.

Remuneration of
district
postmasters.

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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

Branch Post Offices

39. (1) The Minister may, by Order, establish
branch post offices in New Providence, and determine the
area over which such branch post offices shall extend.

(2) The number of officers of which such branch
post offices shall be composed, shall from time to time be
determined by the Minister.

(3) The officers of any branch post office shall be
appointed by the Governor-General, acting in accordance
with the advice of the Public Service Commission, and
shall hold office during pleasure.

40. The officers of any branch post office shall give
attendance thereat on the days and during the hours
prescribed by the Minister.

41. The officers of any branch post office shall be
under the immediate orders and directions of the Post-
master General as the head of the department, and shall
make all their financial and other returns, reports and
payments to or through him.

42. The Postmaster General shall without delay
forward to the officer in charge of any branch post office
all postal packets received at the post office directed to box
renters and general delivery addresses at such branch
office, and the officer in charge of any branch office shall
without delay forward to the Postmaster-General all postal
packets received by him for onward transmission except
those addressed to box renters or to general delivery
addresses at that office.

43. Every officer in charge of a branch post office
shall as soon as practicable after the first day of each
month in each and every year, make out a true and faithful
account, in duplicate, of all moneys received by him under
the authority of any Act relating to the post office
department during the then preceding month; and shall
deliver or cause the same to be delivered, together with the
amount of money then in his hands belonging to the
department, to the Postmaster General.

44. Any branch post office established under this
Act shall be a part of the post office department, and any
officer of any branch post office shall be an officer of the
post office.

Power to
establish branch
offices, etc.
E.L.A.O., 1974.

Number of
officers and
salaries.
E.L.A.O., 1974.

Appointment of
officers.

E.L.A.O., 1974.
32 of 1925, s.2.

Attendance of
officers.
32 of 1925, s.3;
E.L.A.O., 1974.

Officers under
Postmaster
General.

32 of 1925, s.4.

Forwarding of
postal packets.

32 of 1925, s.5;
20 of 1989, s.15.

32 of 1925, s.6.

Duties of officer
in charge of
branch post
office.

32 of 1925, s.7.

Branch post
office to be part
of post office
department.

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

General
45. (1) The Minister shall have the power to make

rules for carrying out the objects and provisions of this Act.
(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1)

any rules made thereunder may provide for —
(a) the rental of private boxes;
(b) the provision of members of the public of

parking facilities on land owned by the Govern-
ment and under the administration of the post
office department;

(c) the rates to be charged for and the other terms
and conditions applicable to, the provision of
such private boxes and parking facilities; and

(d) the imposition, payment and recovery of penalties
for the non-payment of fees for the use of private
boxes or of the parking facilities, including the
sanction of summary convictions for any such
non-payment.

46. The salaries of the officers of any branch post
office and all expenses attending the housing and manage-
ment of the post office department shall be defrayed by the
Postmaster General, with the sanction of the Minister, out
of the post office revenue from time to time received by the
Postmaster General, and all payments so sanctioned and
vouched for under the hand of the Minister shall be
deemed to have been paid and disbursed by the Postmaster
General under the authority of this Act and allowed
accordingly.

SCHEDULE (Section 23(2))

DECLARATION BY MASTER OF VESSEL

I, A. B., master of the (state the name of the ship or vessel),
arriving from (state the place), do, as required by law, solemnly
declare that I have, to the best of my knowledge and belief,
delivered or caused to be delivered to the Post Office every
mail bag, package, postal packet, or parcel of postal packets,
that was on board the (state the name of the ship or vessel),
except such packets as are exempted by law.

Declared to ........................................................................
this ............... day of .................................. 19 .......... before
me ...........................................................................................



Rules.

20 of 1989, s.16.

32 of 1925, s.9.;
43 of 1964, Third
Sch.;
E.L.A.O., 1974.

Expenses to be
defrayed out of
post office
revenue.

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