11. Where a person arrives at a polling station for the purpose of voting and the presiding officer is satisfied that the person’s name is included on the list of eligible voters, the presiding officer shall
(a) initial the back of a ballot in such a manner that, when the ballot is folded, the initials can be seen without unfolding the ballot;
(b) give the ballot to that person; and
(c) place a mark opposite the name of that person on the list of voters.
12. At the request of a voter at a polling station, the presiding officer shall explain to the voter how to vote.
13. Subject to section 16, the presiding officer shall not allow more than one voter at a time in a polling booth.
USE OF INTERPRETERS
14. Where the presiding officer does not understand the language spoken by a voter, the presiding officer shall appoint an interpreter to communicate to the voter all matters necessary to enable the voter to vote.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF VOTER
15. A person who receives a ballot pursuant to section 11 shall
(a) go immediately to a polling booth;
(b) place a mark on the ballot beside the word “YES” or “NO” opposite the question stated on the ballot;
(c) fold the ballot in a manner that conceals the person’s mark but exposes the initials on the back of the ballot; and
(d) immediately deliver the ballot to the presiding officer for deposit in the ballot box.
ASSISTANCE TO SPECIAL VOTERS
16. (1) At the request of a voter who is not able to read or who is incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause, the presiding officer shall
(a) assist the voter by marking the ballot in the manner directed by the voter and placing the ballot in the ballot box; or
(b) if it is practicable and helpful to do so, provide a template for the use of the voter.
(2) Where, pursuant to subsection (1), the presiding officer marks a ballot, the officer shall indicate on the list of voters, opposite the name of the voter, that the ballot was marked by the officer at the request of the voter, and the reasons therefor.
SOILED OR SPOILED BALLOTS
17. Where a voter receives a soiled or improperly printed ballot or inadvertently spoils a ballot in marking it, the voter is entitled to another ballot if the voter returns the original ballot to the presiding officer.
FORFEIT OF RIGHT TO VOTE
18. Where a voter who receives a ballot refuses to vote or leaves the polling booth without returning the ballot to the presiding officer, the voter forfeits the right to vote and the presiding officer shall indicate on the list of voters opposite the name of that voter that the voter did not return the ballot or refused to vote, as the case may be.
HOURS FOR VOTING
19. (1) Subject to subsection (2), the presiding officer shall keep each polling station open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the day set for voting.
(2) Where the presiding officer is satisfied, after consulting with the chief or a member of the council of the band, that it would be inconvenient to the voters to close the polling stations at 6:00 p.m., the presiding officer or deputy presiding officer may keep them open for up to two additional hours.
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