De-registration Card for Voting.
Requirements on form, rule of their preparation of de-registration card for voting (hereinafter – voting card), form and preparation of issuance register shall be approved by the Central Election Commission at least 60 days prior to the voting day. The voting cards shall be produced in accordance with rules established in Articles 99.2. and 99.5. of this Code. Voting cards shall be issued by superior election commissions to the lower election commissions in accordance with rules set forth in Article 99.6. of this Code. Chairpersons of relevant election commissions shall be responsible for issuance and storage of the voting cards.
A voter included on the voters list and not having the possibility to vote in the election precinct on the voting day, can get a voting card in the relevant Constituency Election Commission (45-25 days prior to the voting day) or in the relevant Precinct Election Commission (24-3 days prior to the voting day), and can vote on the basis of the voting card in the election precinct of the territory where he is on the voting day.
The voting card shall be issued to a voter on his or her application by the relevant election commission or to his representative on the basis of power of attorney certified by a notary. Reasons for receiving the voting card by the voter should be indicated in the application. Within two days after the application is submitted, the Precinct Election Commission shall apply to the Constituency Election Commission and clarify whether the voter has obtained the voting card before or not. Issue of more than one voter card to one voter is prohibited.
The Constituency Election Commission shall draw up the voting cards register. Surname, name, patronymic, date of birth, residential address of the voters received the voting card should be indicated in the register. 25 days prior to the voting day, the Constituency Election Commission shall send approved extracts from the register together with the voters list to the Precinct Election Commissions. Precinct election commission can make corresponding notes in the voters list based on the extracts.
A voter or his/her representative shall sign in the register (Constituency Election Commission) or in the voters list (Precinct Election Commission) indicating serial and batch number of identification or substitute document on receipt of the voting card. In this case the cut-off corner of the voting card shall be attached to either the register or the voting list. On this ground the voter shall not be taken into consideration when calculation of the number of registered voters and not be included in the relevant protocol.
The Precinct Election Commission shall provide the Constituency Election Commission with information on the provided voting cards immediately after the card is issued. The Constituency Election Commission shall once in 2 days present such information to the Central Election Commission.
The voting card should be verified by the seal of the election commission issuing the card, the signature of a member of the relevant constituency or Precinct Election Commission should be on it.
Upon being presented by the voter for obtaining a ballot paper, the voting card should be attached to the voters list.
The voter shall indicate his/her residential address in the de-registration card when receiving a ballot paper on the voting day, and sign it.
The unused voting cards shall be cut in two before the commencement of voting on the voting day and the relevant act on this shall be drawn up by constituency or Precinct Election Commission. Based on this act, the number of voters who received voting cards and those who voted with voting cards shall be indicated in the protocol of the Precinct Election Commission.
Article 102. Envelope for Ballot Paper.
Envelopes for ballot papers (hereinafter – the envelope) shall be produced corresponding to quantity of and at the same time with ballot papers, and be allocated to relevant election commission together with the ballot papers.
The format of envelopes, which is appropriate to the parameters of ballot boxes, shall be presented by the Central Election Commission upon approving format of ballot papers.
102.3 If the ballot box is equipped with a scanner with the purpose of providing information to the State Automated Information System, a ballot paper shall not be put into an envelope.
Article 103. Ballot Boxes.
Parameters of ballot boxes (for ballot boxes, and separately for mobile ballot boxes) shall be approved by the Central Election Commission.
Ballot boxes should be transparent. The level of transparency of the boxes should allow to determine whether they are full or not.
The slit for placing ballots into ballot box should not allow to place more than one envelope with ballot at the same.
103.4 Ballot boxes shall be sealed on the voting day by the Precinct Election Commissions chairpersons in the manner established by the Central Election Commission. Seals should be plastic and have own number each.
Article 104. Rules for Voting.
Voting shall be held from 08:00 till 19:00 on the voting day. The Precinct Election Commission should inform the voters of the place and time of voting at least 25 days prior to the voting day via mass media or using notice boards.
Shall the total number of voters in the settlement be less than 50, and more than 1 hour be needed to reach the nearest election commissions from those settlements, the Constituency Election Commission can use public transport means to deliver the mentioned voters to the election precincts where they are registered. Such transportation expenses shall be paid from funds allocated by the Central Election Commission to the Constituency Election Commission.
If all voters being in the voters list took part in the voting, Precinct Election Commissions of election precincts organized in accordance with Articles 35.4 and 35.6 of this can give information about early completion of the voting.
If a voter ascertain that he/she will not be able to go to the polling station on the voting day because of health state or other good reasons, he/she should directly or via some other person inform the Precinct Election Commission either orally or in writing at least 24 hours prior to the voting day about his/her intention to vote outside the voting room. If the intention is declared orally, it shall be officialized by a relevant application during the voting. Constituency Election Commissions can issue permission to ships navigating under the State Flag of the Azerbaijan Republic and almost impassable distant places to hold the voting at most 10 days prior to the voting day.
At 07:50 on the Voting Day the Chairperson shall declare the election precinct open, show to the members of the election commission, to the voters being present, and to observers the empty ballot boxes and seal them; at 08:00 s/he shall announce the voting commenced.
A ballot paper shall be provided to a voter upon presenting the voters card with his/her identification or substitute document. After the voter receives the ballot paper, serial and batch number of his/her identification or substitute document shall be recorded in the voters list. Serial and batch number of their identification or substitute document shall be entered in the voters list by a member of the Precinct Election Commission. The voter shall check correctness of the records and sign upon receiving the ballot paper. If the voter has no opportunity to receive a ballot paper independently, he/she can use the help of other persons, except members of Precinct Election Commission and observers. The person who helps the voter should put down his/her surname and initials and sign the column “signature of voters on receipt of ballot paper” in the voters list.
One of the Precinct Election Commission members shall stand at the entrance of the election precinct and check the voters cards, identification cards or other identification documents of the citizens entering the precinct.
On issuance of ballot paper a member of Precinct Election Commission shall sign the numbered left corner of the ballot paper, cut it along the cut-off line and keep it.
Every voter shall vote in person and alone. To vote in place of other persons shall be prohibited. Ballot paper shall be marked in a room or booth where nobody is authorized to enter and equipped with special technical means for the secret vote. A disabled voter, who is not able to mark the ballot paper without assistance, can invite any other person to the voting booth or room, except members of Precinct Election Commission and observers. The surname and initials of this person shall be indicated together with the voter’s signature on receipt of the ballot paper in the voters list.
A voter shall place the marked ballot paper in an envelope stamped by the seal of Precinct Election Commission and drop it to the box considered for voting.
Ballot boxes should be placed in the area where members of the Precinct Election Commission and observers can easily observe it.
The Chairperson of Precinct Election Commission shall oversee the order in the voting place. His directions are obligatory for persons in the voting room. If the chairperson of the Precinct Election Commission is out, his powers shall be assumed by the secretary of the Precinct Election Commission or any member of the commission charged for this purpose.
A member of Precinct Election Commission who attempts to influence a voter to express his will or violates the secrecy of the vote shall be dismissed from his position by compiling a relevant act, and the person mentioned in Article 40.2. and 40.4 of this Code shall immediately removed from the voting room. The Precinct Election Commission shall take a decision on the case. If the influenced voter has not voted yet, he/she shall not be allowed to vote, his/her ballot being withdrawn and invalidated.
No other person should be in election precinct, except voters participating in the voting, members of the Precinct Election Commission, and person mentioned in Article 40.2. and 40.4 of this Code. State bodies’ officials shall not be allowed to participate in the voting except the cases when they participate in the voting as voters. An official of the law enforcement authority can be present in voting station if they preserve the law and order there, if the chairperson of the Precinct Election Commission invites them, and they should leave the voting station immediately after they finish to perform their duties. Voting shall be stopped, if an official from the law enforcement authorities is in the voting room during the voting process. Shall the order be impossible to be restored for 6 hours during the voting process, the voting station shall be closed upon decision of the Constituency Election Commission. Voting in such election precincts shall be considered invalid.
If a voter informs that he/she has made an error in marking his/her ballot paper, he/she can ask for a new ballot paper instead of the spoilt one from the commission member who issued the original ballot paper. In this case the Precinct Election Commission member shall cancel the spoiled ballot paper by cutting it in the center, put it in a separate envelope, give him/her a new ballot paper and make the necessary note to the right of the voters surname on the voters list. A separate document shall be mmediately prepared recording this.