—(1) As soon as practicable after the close of the poll, the presiding officer of each polling station shall, in the presence of such of the candidates and their polling agents as attend, make up into separate packets, sealed with his own seal and the seals of the candidates or their agents if they desire to affix their seals —
the unused and spoilt ballot papers placed together;
the marked copies of the register of electors;
the counterfoils of the ballot papers; and
the tendered votes list.
(2) The ballot box or boxes unopened shall be secured by the presiding officer and sealed with his seal and with the seals of such of the candidates or their agents as attend and desire to affix their seals, in such manner that the box or boxes cannot be opened and nothing can be inserted therein without breaking the seals.
(3) Every presiding officer of a polling station shall despatch each such packet and the ballot box or boxes in safe custody to the Returning Officer or an Assistant Returning Officer at the counting place where the votes cast at the polling station are to be counted in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(4) Where the Returning Officer has, in any direction made under section 48A(1), specified a polling station to be a counting place, the presiding officer of the polling station shall keep at that station every such packet and the ballot box or boxes in safe custody pending counting of the votes at that polling station.