Each presiding officer shall complete the necessary number of copies of Form EC 9 prescribed in the Seventh Schedule for the declaration of results, sign them and do the following— (a) one copy shall be retained by the presiding officer for display at the polling station; (b) one copy shall be enclosed in an envelope supplied by the Electoral Commission for the purpose, sealed by the presiding officer and delivered to the nearest result collection centre prescribed by the returning officer, together with the report book, for transmission to the returning officer; (c) one copy shall be delivered to each of the candidates’ agents or, in the absence of those agents, to any voters present claiming to represent the candidates; and (d)one copy shall be deposited and sealed in the ballot box.
(2)The presiding officer shall, in the presence of the candidates and the candidates’ agents as may wish to
be present, seal the ballot box with a seal provided for the purpose by the Electoral Commission.
(3)The sealed ballot box referred to in subsection (2) shall contain the following items— (a)
one duly signed declaration of results form; (b) the ballot papers received by each candidate, tied in separate bundles; (c) the invalid ballot papers, tied in one bundle; (d)the spoilt ballot papers, tied in one bundle; (e) the unused ballot papers; and (f) the voters roll used at the polling station.
(4)The declaration of results form shall be signed by the presiding officer and the candidates or their agents present who wish to do so, and the presiding officer shall there and then announce the results of the voting at that polling station before communicating them to the returning officer.