According to Article 90, the ballot consists of two separate sections and the voter has a vote for each ballot section. This can lead to problematic situations, as was experienced during the 2003 local government elections. In particular during the counting process, Voting Centre Commissions often did not know how to deal with ballots on which a vote was validly cast on one ballot section but not on the other ballot section. The OSCE/ODIHR and Venice Commission recommend that the “double” ballot be reconsidered; and that the Electoral Code should describe in detail how the Voting Centre Commission is to count a ballot that contains one valid vote and one invalid vote.
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