224. The deputy returning officer shall cancel any ballot paper bearing initials that are not his own or not bearing any initials and prevent it from being placed in the ballot box. An indication thereof shall be entered in the poll book.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the deputy returning officer shall not cancel a ballot paper which does not bear any initials where all of the following conditions are met:
(1) the number of ballot papers presented by the elector corresponds to the number given to him by the deputy returning officer;
(2) the ballot paper presented by the elector is, on its face and without being unfolded, the ballot paper given to him by the deputy returning officer;
(3) the deputy returning officer signs a written declaration supported by his oath attesting that he inadvertently omitted or forgot to affix his initials to the ballot paper.
The deputy returning officer shall then, in full view of the persons present, affix his initials to the reverse of the ballot paper and allow it to be placed in the ballot box. An indication thereof shall be entered in the poll book.