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50.—(1) In a contested election, when the result of the poll has been ascertained, the returning officer must forthwith—
(a)declare to be elected the candidate or candidates to whom more votes have been given than to the other candidates, up to the number of councillors to be elected;
(b)give notice of the name of each candidate to whom sub-paragraph (a) applies to the proper officer of the council for which the election is held; and
(c)give public notice of the name of each candidate elected and of the total number of votes given for each candidate (whether elected or not) together with the number of rejected ballot papers under each head shown in the statement of rejected ballot papers.
(2) In an uncontested election, the returning officer must as soon as practicable after the latest time for the delivery of notices of withdrawals of candidature—
(a)declare to be elected the person or persons remaining validly nominated;
(b)give notice of the name of each person to whom sub-paragraph (a) applies to the proper officer of the council for which the election is held; and
(c)give public notice of the name of each such person.
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