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The Crofting Commission (Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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Opening of return envelopes

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39.—(1) When a ballot box has been opened, the returning officer must count and note the number of return envelopes and must then open each return envelope separately.

(2) Where a return envelope does not contain a ballot paper the returning officer must mark the return envelope “rejected”, attach to it the contents (if any) of the return envelope and place it in a separate receptacle (referred to as “the receptacle for rejected votes”).

(3) Where a return envelope does contain a ballot paper, the returning officer must place it face up in a different receptacle from the receptacle for rejected votes.

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