68 General rules affecting scrutineers

(1)

An appointment under section 66 or section 67 is not valid unless a copy of the notice of appointment is delivered by the candidate, or the 10 electors, as the case may be, to the electoral officer not less than 24 hours before the close of voting at the election or poll.

(2)

A person appointed as a scrutineer must not act in that capacity until he or she has made a declaration containing the prescribed details.

(3)

A person must not be appointed as a scrutineer if he or she is—

(a)

a candidate, in the case of an election; or

(b)

a member or employee of any local authority or local board or community board for whom an election or poll is being conducted; or

(c)

under the age of 18 years.

(4)

Not more than 1 scrutineer for any candidate or for or against any one proposal may be present at the same place, for the purposes of performing his or her duties as a scrutineer, at the same time.

(5)

Subject to subsection (4), any scrutineer—

(a)

may be present when—

(i)

any step referred to in section 80 is being completed after the close of voting; or

(ii)

a scrutiny to which section 83 applies is being conducted; or

(iii)

votes are being counted under section 84; and

(b)

may, while votes are being counted under section 84, inspect any voting documents (whether formal or informal) that are the subject of the count.

(6)

An electoral officer may, at the request of a scrutineer or candidate made before the close of voting at an election, or at the request of a scrutineer made before the close of voting at a poll, supply to that scrutineer or candidate the names of persons from whom voting documents have been received, either at no cost or for a reasonable price, and in a format that the electoral officer considers appropriate.

Compare: 1976 No 144 s 27(1)–(3)

Section 68(1): amended, on 25 December 2002, by section 26(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 85).

Section 68(3)(b): amended, on 8 August 2014, by section 76 of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 55).

Section 68(5): substituted, on 25 December 2002, by section 26(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 85).

Section 68(6): added, on 25 December 2002, by section 26(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 85).