Marginal note:Counting of votes on polling day
289. (1) The deputy returning officer of an advance poll shall, at the close of the polling stations on polling day, attend with the poll clerk at the place mentioned in the notice of advance poll in subparagraph 172(a)(iii) to count the votes.
Marginal note:Application of rules for counting votes
(2) Subsections 283(1) and (2), paragraphs 283(3)(e) and (f) and sections 284 to 288 apply with any necessary modifications to the counting of the votes of an advance poll.
(3) No person shall make a count of the votes cast at an advance poll before the close of the polling stations on polling day.
Delivery of Ballot Boxes to Returning Officer
Marginal note:Sending ballot boxes and statement to returning officer
290. (1) The deputy returning officer for a polling station or an advance poll shall, without delay after sealing the ballot box, send the box, with the envelope that contains the original statement of the vote and the envelope that contains the registration certificate, to the returning officer.
Marginal note:Collection of ballot boxes
(2) A returning officer may appoint persons to collect ballot boxes together with the envelopes referred to in subsection (1) from polling stations, and any person so appointed shall take the prescribed oath when he or she sends those materials to the returning officer.
Marginal note:Provision of statements to candidates
291. A returning officer shall, on request, provide each candidate one copy of each statement of the vote in the candidate’s electoral district.
Marginal note:Safekeeping of ballot boxes
292. A returning officer, on the receipt of each ballot box, shall
(a) take every precaution to prevent any other person, except the assistant returning officer, from having access to it; and
(b) examine and record the condition of the seals affixed to it and, if necessary, affix new seals.
VALIDATION OF RESULTS BY THE RETURNING OFFICER
Marginal note:Validation of results
293. (1) After a returning officer receives all of the ballot boxes, he or she shall, at his or her office, in the presence of the assistant returning officer at the time indicated in paragraph 62(c), validate the results of the vote from the original statements of the vote and the information communicated under section 280.
Marginal note:Adjournment if ballot boxes or information not received
(2) If, on the day fixed for the validation of the results as described in paragraph 62(c), a returning officer has not received all the ballot boxes or the information required by section 280, the returning officer shall adjourn the proceedings for not more than seven days.
Marginal note:Further adjournment
(3) If, on the day fixed for the proceedings by virtue of an adjournment under subsection (2), the returning officer has not, for any reason, received the ballot boxes or information referred to in that subsection, the returning officer may make further adjournments. The further adjournments may not exceed a total of two weeks.
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