Electoral Regulations 1996

  • This version was replaced on 28 August 2017 to make corrections to regulations 4B, 18(2), 19(1) and (1)(b), 21(5)(a)(iv), 25(5), 26(3), 45(1)(b), (1)(b)(i), and (2), 46(2) and (7)(b), 49(1)(b)(i) and (2)(a), and form 15 in Schedule 1 under section 25(1)(i), (j)(ii), (iii), and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.
33 Declaration form enclosed in ballot and voting paper compartment


Notwithstanding anything in these regulations, if the Returning Officer has reason to believe that the declaration form in respect of any special vote is enclosed in the compartment that contains the ballot paper (being the compartment of the envelope marked “BALLOT AND/OR VOTING PAPERS”, the Returning Officer may open that compartment and extract the declaration form.


In every such case the Returning Officer shall immediately reseal the compartment containing the ballot paper and the voting papers (if any) and shall do everything possible to preserve the secrecy of the ballot. Upon resealing the compartment the Returning Officer shall endorse on it the words “Opened pursuant to regulation 33”, and shall sign the endorsement.