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Who can be a Scrutineer?

Candidates may choose to have a representative (Scrutineer) to observe the voting process at a voting station. The Scrutineer helps to ensure that a fair and transparent election is conducted.

  • A Scrutineer must be at least 18 years old.
  • A Scrutineer is appointed by completing the Scrutineer Appointment Form.
  • A Scrutineer must not have been convicted under the Local Authorities Election Act within the last ten years.

A Scrutineer must present the Scrutineer Appointment form, signed by the candidate, to the Presiding Deputy Returning Officer at a voting station on Election Day. Only one Scrutineer per candidate is permitted in a voting station at a time.

Scrutineer Statement Form

What can a Scrutineer do?

  • Observe the election process at a voting station;
  • May object to a voter with reasonable grounds; and
  • May, at the count, object to a ballot being counted as either valid or rejected.

What can't a Scrutineer do?

  • Prevent someone from voting;
  • Campaign on the premises used for the voting station (including wearing buttons or other apparel related to a candidate);
  • Use a cell phone during voting hours in the voting station; or
  • Interfere in the election process at the voting station.
  • Touch any voting materials at the voting station.
  • Obtain copies of any elections materials from the voting station.
  • Take photos of any elections materials at the voting station.