Water Management (General) Regulation 2018
89 Scrutiny of votes
(1) The scrutiny of votes in a ballot is to be conducted as follows—(a) the returning officer is to produce, unopened, the voter’s envelopes containing the ballot-papers accepted for scrutiny,(b) in the case of an election of members of a private irrigation board—the returning officer is to ascertain the zone to which the vote relates (where applicable) and place the voter’s envelope with other such envelopes for that zone,(c) the returning officer is then to open each such envelope, extract the ballot-paper and (without unfolding it) place it in an appropriate box or other container, with (in the case of an election of members of a private irrigation board) separate boxes or other containers for each zone (where applicable),(d) when the ballot-papers from all the voter’s envelopes have been placed in the box or other container, the returning officer is then to open the box or other container and remove the ballot-papers,(e) the returning officer is then to examine each ballot-paper and reject those that are informal,(f) the returning officer is then to proceed to count the votes and ascertain the result of the election.(2) At the scrutiny of votes in a ballot, a ballot-paper must be rejected as informal if—(a) it is not initialled by the returning officer, or(b) it has on it any mark or writing that the returning officer considers could enable any person to identify the voter who completed it, or(c) it has not been completed in accordance with the directions shown on it.(3) A ballot-paper is not to be rejected as informal merely because of any mark or writing on it that is not authorised or required by this Regulation if, in the opinion of the returning officer, the voter’s intention is clearly indicated on the ballot-paper.