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Finalising the count

351 Finalising the count

(1) The returning officer must then do the following or have the following done:
(a) complete the count by including the postal, pre-poll, declared institution and provisional votes,
(b) ascertain the result of the count in accordance with Schedule 4 or 5, depending on the system of election,
Note : Section 285 of the Act specifies the circumstances in which the optional preferential (Schedule 4) and the proportional (Schedule 5) systems of election are to be used.
(c) inform the persons present of the result of the count,
(d) immediately notify the election manager of the result of the count,
(e) inform the candidates (in person, in writing, by facsimile, by telephone, by email, by text message or in any other way) as soon as practicable after the result is ascertained:
(i) of the result of the count, and
(ii) when the returning officer's declaration under clause 356 will be available for inspection at the office of the relevant council, and
(iii) that the information contained in a notice under clause 356 (5) is to be published on the election manager's internet website for at least one month,
(2) For the purpose of ascertaining the result of the count, the returning officer may cause some or all of the ballot-papers to be sent to a central counting office administered by the election manager to be counted in accordance with arrangements approved by the election manager.

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