80. The Chief Electoral Officer and the contractor must attempt to reach an amicable settlement of any difficulty arising from a contract, by performing the following steps and procedures:
(1) a manager representing the Chief Electoral Officer and an officer of the contractor shall attempt to settle all or some of the disputed issues, within 60 days after receipt of the notice of dispute from the contractor; the parties may agree to extend that period; and
(2) if the negotiations do not enable the dispute to be settled in full, the Chief Electoral Officer or the contractor may, by sending a written notice to the other party within 10 days after the end of the preceding step, require mediation of the unsettled issues, which must be carried out within 60 days following receipt of the notice of mediation; the parties may agree to extend that period.
If a notice of mediation is not sent within the time specified in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph, the negotiation process is then terminated.