87. The declaration of identity that the elector must return together with the postal ballot to the electoral office also aims to prevent electoral abuses, as the electoral officer has to check that the elector appears on the postal voting list and that his/her identity and personal data correspond with the information held in the registers. However, the principles of secrecy of vote and freedom of expression of Article 3 of Protocol 1 to and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights are not undermined, given that the ballot paper is inside a separate sealed envelope, and then placed in the return envelope together with the declaration of identity. The latter is checked with the information available in the registers and the postal voting list. Then, the postal ballots are mixed with the ballots of at least one ballot box in the polling station, and afterwards opened and counted.
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