250. If it appears impossible to obtain the statement of the poll and the statement of votes, the returning officer shall cause a summary counting of the votes to be made by the deputy returning officer and the poll clerk on the date, at the time and at the place determined by him.
At the summary counting of the votes, the deputy returning officer shall open the ballot box and the envelopes it contains in the presence of the poll clerk. With the poll clerk’s assistance, the deputy returning officer shall count, without questioning whether the ballot papers are valid, rejected or cancelled, the ballot papers cast in favour of each candidate, the ballot papers rejected at the time of the counting of votes, the ballot papers that were cancelled and the unused ballot papers. The formalities applicable after any counting of votes shall then apply.
If the deputy returning officer or if the poll clerk is unable or refuses to act, the other shall proceed alone to a summary counting of the votes. If both are unable or refuse to act, the returning officer shall himself proceed thereto.
The returning officer shall give advance notice of the summary counting of the votes to each authorized party, recognized ticket and independent candidate concerned. The representatives assigned to the polling station may attend.