Local Government (Elections) Regulation 1998
121 Security of election materials
(1) The returning officer, after the election has been declared, is to
parcel the marked and unmarked ballot-papers, copies of the roll and other
papers used in the election.
(2) The returning officer is to seal, endorse and sign each parcel,
and to allow any scrutineers entitled to be present to do the same to each
parcel. The endorsement is to specify the contents of each parcel and the name
of the ward (if any) and area, as well as the date of the polling, to which
the contents relate.
(3) The returning officer is to forward the parcels to the general
manager of the relevant council.
(4) The general manager is to give to the returning officer a receipt
for the parcels once they have been forwarded. The receipt is to specify the
endorsement on each parcel.
(5) The general manager must have the parcels kept securely for 6
months, and then destroyed, unless the Electoral Commissioner in writing
directs the general manager to deliver or send the parcels to the Commissioner
or to keep them longer than 6 months.
(6) The returning officer is to detach the statistical information
sheet from each nomination paper before the papers are parceled under this
clause. The returning officer is then to forward the sheets to the general
manager of the relevant council. The general manager must treat the
information on the sheets confidentially and the information is to be made
available only to the Director-General.