Counting of votes

34.-(1) Each candidate may attend the counting of the votes in person or may appoint an agent (in this section referred to as "the counting agent") by written note to this effect given by the candidate to the Returning Officer at Nicosia, to attend the counting of votes.

(2) Ευθύς αμέσως μετά την αποπεράτωση της ψηφοφορίας ο Προεδρεύων της Εκλογής προβαίνει σε διευθετήσεις για την επί τόπου σε κάθε εκλογικό κέντρο διαλογή και καταμέτρηση των ψήφων στην παρουσία των υποψηφίων ή των επί της διαλογής εγγράφως διορισθέντων αντιπροσώπωντων κομμάτων

(3) Ο Προεδρεύων Εκλογής, his assistants and clerks, and the candidates and their counting agents, but no other persons except with the sanction of the Προεδρεύων Εκλογής, may be present at the counting of the votes.

(4) Κάθε κάλπη ανοίγεται επί τόπου στο εκλογικό κέντρο υπό την εποπτεία και ευθύνη του Προεδρεύοντα της Εκλογής και στην παρουσία των εκπροσώπων των κομμάτων και τωνανεξάρτητων υποψηφίων αρχίζει η διαδικασία διαλογής και καταμέτρησης των ψήφων. Μετά τησυμπλήρωση της καταμέτρησης και την καταγραφή των αποτελεσμάτων, ο Προεδρεύων της Εκλογής διαβιβάζει τα αποτελέσματα της εκλογής και μεταφέρει με τον ασφαλέστερο τρόπο την κάλπη με το περιεχόμενο της και όλα τα σχετικά έντυπα στον Έφορο της οικείας εκλογικής περιφέρειας.

(5) O Προεδρεύων της Εκλογής shall so far as practicable proceed continuously with counting the votes and shall endorse "rejected" on any ballot papers which he may reject as invalid.

(6) When the counting of the votes has been completed the Returning Officer shall forthwith declare the candidate to whom the greatest number of votes is given to be elected, if such number of votes exceeds fifty per centum of the total number of votes validly cast.

(7) If no candidate receives more than fifty per certum of the total number of votes validly cast, a new poll shall be taken, on a day to be appointed by the Governor** for the purpose, between the two candidates who had been given the greatest number of votes at the previous poll, and the candidate who is given the greater number of votes at the second poll shall be declared by the Returning Officer to be elected.

(8) In any case where there is reasonable doubt as to the result of an election the Returning Officer of the electoral division may, either of his own motion or upon the application of any candidate or his counting agent, order a recount to be taken before making a declaration of the result of the election.

(9) Upon the completion of the counting, and after the result has been declared by him, the Returning Officer shall seal up the ballot papers and all other documents relating to the election as required by this Law and shall, subject to the provisions of the next succeeding sub-section, retain the same for a period of six months and thereafter shall cause them to be destroyed unless otherwise directed by order of the Governor**.

(10) The Chief Justice may make an order that any ballot paper or other document relating to an election which has been sealed as required by this Law be inspected, copied, or produced at such time and place and subject to such conditions as the Chief Justice may deem expedient, but shall not make such an order unless he is satisfied that such inspection, copy or production is required for the purpose of instituting or maintaining a prosecution or an election petition in connection with the election. Save as aforesaid, no person shall be allowed to inspect any such ballot paper or document after it has been sealed up in pursuance of sub-section (9) of this section.