Voting

163 Ballot box to remain closed during poll

(1)

The manager of the polling place shall, before the opening of the poll, and in sight of any of the scrutineers present,—

(a)

see that the ballot box is empty; and

(b)

close the ballot box; and

(c)

ensure that the ballot box is sealed or locked in such a manner as to prevent it being opened without breaking the seal or lock.

(2)

Subject to subsection (3), the ballot box, after being sealed or locked in accordance with subsection (1), shall not again be opened until after the close of the poll.

(3)

If the ballot box becomes full and no other ballot box is available, the manager of the polling place, in sight of any of the scrutineers present, may open the ballot box and compress the papers in it.

(4)

Where a ballot box is opened pursuant to subsection (3), the manager of the polling place shall, after compressing the papers and in sight of any of the scrutineers present,—

(a)

close the ballot box; and

(b)

ensure that the ballot box is sealed or locked in such a manner as to prevent it being opened without breaking the seal or lock.

Compare: 1956 No 107 s 101; 1990 No 1 s 51

Section 163(1): amended, on 28 February 2002, by section 101(1) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).

Section 163(3): amended, on 28 February 2002, by section 101(1) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).

Section 163(4): amended, on 28 February 2002, by section 101(1) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).