213. When, at the counting of the ballots, it has been established that the number of ballots found in the box corresponds with that entered in the poll book as having been deposited therein, and when it appears that the ballots are not other than those supplied by the deputy returning officer, the said deputy returning officer, if he notice in counting, for the purpose of assigning them to each candidate, that by oversight or forgetfulness he has omitted initialling some or all of the ballots on the back, may then do so in the presence of the persons in the polling station. He shall at the same time indicate it by a note on the ballot paper at the end of his initials—as a correction made—and he shall make an entry thereof in the poll book as prescribed by section 214.
Before so affixing his initials on the said ballot paper, the deputy returning officer must write, sign and attest under oath, before the poll clerk, the following declaration:
“I swear that, through forgetfulness or oversight, I did not affix my initials on (state the number) ballot papers, which I acknowledge as having been supplied by me during the polling and which I have found in the ballot box. So help me God.”
This declaration must be deposited with the other documents in the ballot box.
Such ballot papers shall then be counted as if all formalities had been duly accomplished in respect thereto.
R. S. 1964, c. 193, s. 241.