Government >> Elections

Scrutineers


A candidate may appoint a scrutineer for each ballot box in a voting place.

Scrutineers may observe, but they are not allowed to interfere with voters, attempt to influence how they vote, or ask a voter how they voted.

There are no general restrictions on who can be appointed as a scrutineer. An acclaimed candidate is not allowed to be appointed as a scrutineer for another candidate.

The appointment of a scrutineer must be done in writing. Scrutineers shall, upon request of an election official, show proof of their appointment.

Scrutineers may be required to take an oath of secrecy.
A scrutineer is allowed to;

  1.  enter the voting place 15 minutes before it opens and to inspect the ballot boxes and the ballots and all other papers, forms and documents relating to the vote (but not so as to delay the timely opening of the voting place);
  2. place his or her own seal on the ballot box, immediately before the opening of the voting place, so that ballots can be deposited in the box and cannot be withdrawn without breaking the seal;
  3. place his or her own seal on the ballot box immediately after the close of voting on each day of an advance vote so that ballots cannot be deposited or withdrawn without breaking the seal;
  4. examine each ballot as the votes are being counted by the deputy returning officer (but not to touch the ballot);
  5. object to a ballot or to the counting of votes in a ballot;
  6. sign the statement of the results of the election prepared by the deputy returning officer
  7. to place his or her own seal on the ballot box after the counting of the votes, when the deputy returning officer seals the box so that ballots cannot be deposited or withdrawn without breaking the seal