He said, since the counting of votes would begin an hour later there will be a delay in issuing the results.
He said according to the Election Act, if one is voting for one candidate, number 1 or a cross should be marked in front of the desired candidate.
“The Election Commission recognises a cross too being marked in the slot in front of the name of the desired candidate as a valid vote. But this can only be done if the voter was voting for a single candidate,” he said.
He explained that two preferential votes could also be marked.
“In such cases, we advise the voters to cast their vote by marking number 1 in the box in front of the candidate of their liking and proceed with 2 and 3 as preferences,” he added .
“They can mark 1, or they can mark 1 and 2, or else they can mark 1, 2 and 3.”
“Crosses and numbering cannot be done together. Such a vote would be considered invalid. Also if three crosses are marked that too will be invalid.”