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Paragraph 96

Article 54 par. 2, c), as amended in March 2008, includes the technical process of registering and handing out of ballot papers, the registrar affixing his/her signature on the back side of the ballot paper. It is noted that signing and stamping of ballot papers should not take place at the point when the ballot paper is presented to the voter, as this procedure can undermine the secrecy of the vote if abused by the registrar. It is thus recommended that this provision provide that the registrar affix his or her signature/stamp prior to knowledge of which voter will receive the ballot. A better solution would be to eliminate all signing and stamping of ballots, since other safeguards in the voting process should ensure sufficient protection against ballot fraud.