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The Representation of the People Order, 1972 (President's Order)


Chapter III


42. (1) The Returning Officer shall retain on behalf of the Commission-
(a) the packets containing the ballot papers each of which shall be sealed with the seal of the Presiding Officer, or, if opened by the Returning Officer, with the seal of the Returning Officer;
(b) the packets containing the counterfoils of issued ballot papers;
(c) the packets containing the marked copies of the electoral rolls;
(d) the packets containing the ballot paper account;
(e) the packet containing the tendered ballot papers, the challenged ballot papers, the tendered votes list and the challenged votes list; and
(f) such other papers as the Commission may direct.
(2) The Returning Officer shall endorse on each packet retained under clause (1) the description of its contents, the date of the election to which the contents relate and the name and number of the constituency for which the election was held.
(3) The documents contained in the packets mentioned in clause (1) shall be retained for a period of one year, and thereafter the Commission shall, unless otherwise directed by the High Court Division, cause them to be destroyed.

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