19. Duties of returning officer
(1) The returning officer before proceeding to count the number of votes to ascertain which candidate is successful in the election shall ¾
(a) check each counterfoil against the member's name on the electoral roll and, if the voting papers are in order, mark the roll;
(b) remove the ballot paper envelope from the envelope addressed to the returning officer and place the ballot paper envelope unopened into a separate container until all counterfoils are checked; and
(c) when all the counterfoils are checked and cleared, open the ballot paper envelopes,
and shall then proceed with the count.
(2) Where any voting papers are rejected, the returning officer shall replace the counterfoil and the envelope marked }ballot paper~ in the envelope in which they were received, endorse the latter envelope }rejected~ with the reasons for rejection and set it aside for safe keeping.
(3) The returning officer shall reject as informal a ballot paper that ¾
(a) does not bear the initials of the returning officer or the facsimile of those initials that is referred to in regulation 15(2)(a);
(b) has upon it a mark or writing by which the voter can be identified; or
(c) is not marked substantially in accordance with the instructions referred to in regulation 14(3)(c).
(4) Where, during the scrutiny, the returning officer is informed by a scrutineer appointed under regulation 18 that the scrutineer objects to a ballot paper being admitted as formal, or rejected as informal, as the case may be, the returning officer shall decide the matter and endorse his decision on the ballot paper.