234. Every ballot paper that does not bear the initials of the deputy returning officer must be rejected.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, no ballot paper contemplated in the first paragraph may be rejected where all of the following conditions are met:
(1) the number of ballot papers found in the ballot box corresponds to the number of ballot papers which, according to the list of electors and the poll book, as the case may be, were placed in it;
(2) the ballot papers found in the ballot box which bear no initials are, on their face, those furnished 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 a specified number of ballot papers.
The deputy returning officer shall, in full view of the persons present, then affix his initials to the reverse of every ballot paper that does not bear them, and shall enter, on each ballot, following his initials a note indicating that they were affixed as a correction. An indication thereof shall be entered in the poll book.