Ensuring security of the ballot process
On the elections day, at 07.00, the chairman of the electoral committee of the polling station, in the presence of at least half of members of the committee, shall verify the ballot boxes, seals them, verifies the electoral lists, ballot papers, stamps and declares the ballot open. The chairman invites other members of the committee, persons authorized to assist the ballot procedure as well as the voters present at that moment at the opening of the station to supervise his actions.
The ballot papers shall be kept in a safe place within the polling station, in packages of 100 pieces each, and are handed to the chairman of the electoral committee of the polling station, other committee members in order to be distributed to the voters according to necessity.
Members of the electoral committee of the polling station, representative members of the electoral competitors and persons authorized to assist at the electoral operations are obliged to wear visible badges of identity. Persons entering the polling station shall not wear or show badges, signs or other symbols or electoral propaganda.
In the situation when the voter, out of health reasons or based on other justified grounds may not personally come to the polling station the electoral committee of the polling station shall appoint, upon a verbal or written request of the latter, at least two members of the committee, who with help of an mobile ballot box and material necessary for the ballot shall go to the place where the voter resides in order to make it possible for him to vote. In the electoral list, where the name of the person is indicated the following remark shall be written, “Voted where residing”.
Persons held in custody based on an arrest warrant till the sentence of the court is delivered as well as persons convicted to deprivation of liberty the sentence of which is not yet final, those who enforce an administrative sanction in form of arrest shall vote in compliance with paragraph (5).
In case the chairman of the electoral committee of the polling station authorizes the transportation of a mobile ballot box outside the premises of the station, this shall be communicated to representative members of the electoral competitors and persons authorized to assist at the electoral operations, offering them the possibility to accompany the mobile ballot box and, whether necessary, to make use of personal transportation means.
The chairman of the electoral committee of the polling station shall be responsible for the order during elections within the polling station as well as on the territory surrounding it, in an area of 100 meters from the ballot place. Decisions taken for this purpose are binding for all.
The following persons are entitled to assist at all meetings of the electoral authorities, while counting and totalization of the number of votes, in procedures related to electoral lists, ballot papers, voting certificates, elaboration of totalization reports of elections or referendum results:
members and representatives of the hierarchically superior electoral authorities;
members representatives of electoral competitors in the electoral authorities;
local, national, foreign and international observers accredited by the respective authorities
mass media representatives.
No other person shall stay in the polling station longer than necessary for exercising the voting.
It shall be forbidden to enter the premises of the polling station with fire arms or light weapons, except for representatives of police who may enter to vote or to help restore the legal order when requested by the chairman of electoral committee of that polling station.
[Article 55 as amended by the Law no.796-XV from 25.01.2002]
[Article 55 as amended by the Law no.894-XIV from 23.03.2000]
[Article 55 as amended by the Law no.268-XIV from 04.02.1999]