160 Scrutineers

(1)

Each constituency candidate may appoint 1 or more scrutineers for each polling place at any election.

(2)

If, at an election in a district, no constituency candidate is standing for a political party that is listed in the part of the ballot paper that relates to the party vote, the secretary of the party may appoint 1 or more scrutineers for each polling place in the district.

(3)

Every appointment of a scrutineer—

(a)

must be in writing; and

(b)

must be signed by the constituency candidate or, as the case requires, the secretary of the party.

(4)

Every scrutineer must, before being allowed to act, declare that he or she will comply with section 203.

(4A)

The declaration must—

(a)

be in a form that the Electoral Commission has approved; and

(b)

be witnessed as specified in the form.

(5)

The number of scrutineers for a candidate or for a political party who may be present in a polling place may not exceed the number of issuing officers designated for the polling place.

(6)

A scrutineer may at any time during the hours of polling leave and re-enter the polling place for which he or she is appointed.

(7)

Nothing in this Act renders it unlawful for a scrutineer to communicate to a person information as to the names of persons who have voted.

(8)

No candidate may act as a scrutineer under this section.

Section 160: substituted, on 28 February 2002, by section 63 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).

Section 160(4): replaced, on 21 March 2017, by section 79 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).

Section 160(4A): inserted, on 21 March 2017, by section 79 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).