Sep 17, 2013

    Polls procedure

    Before use, ballot boxes are shown to be empty to candidates and polling agents. They are sealed by election officials.

    After polls have closed, the boxes are sealed.

    The boxes are transported to the counting centres under police escort. A police officer stands guard over the boxes throughout the journey.

    Before the boxes are opened, they are inspected by candidates and their counting agents to ensure none have been tampered with, and all are accounted for.

    The seals are broken and ballot papers poured out, sorted and counted.

    The emptied ballot boxes are checked again to ensure they are empty, before being put aside with other discarded material.

    After the announcement of the election results, ballot papers and other official documents are placed into separate boxes, sealed and conveyed under police escort to the Supreme Court.