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Article 157
 

(Procedure for Receiving and Recording Ballot Papers)


(1) An elector shall go, in person, to a polling station, and shall present his/her resident registration card (referring to a certificate with a photograph attached thereto, which is issued by a government office or public agency, such as a passport, driver's license or public official identification card, or other identification cards prescribed by Regulations of the National Election Commission, to identify such person, if the person does not have a resident registration card; hereinafter referred to as "identification card") in the presence of voting witnesses, and shall, after the identification is confirmed, affix his/her signature or seal or
thumbmark to the electoral register, and then shall receive a ballot paper. 


<Amended by Act No. 10981, Jul. 28, 2011>


(2) When the officials in charge of voting management issue ballot papers to the electors on the election day, they shall cut off a serial number paper
in the presence of the said electors and than issue them to the electors after affixing his/her private seal in the column of private seal affixing, but if deemed necessary, they may issue them after affixing his/her private seal within the limit of 100 sheets in advance.


<Amended by Act No. 5537, Apr. 30, 1998; Act No. 7189, Mar. 12, 2004; Act No. 7681, Aug. 4, 2005>


(3) The officials in charge of voting management shall not issue a ballot paper to the elector who fails to present his/her identification card.


<Amended by Act No. 7681, Aug. 4, 2005>


(4) An elector, after receiving the ballot paper, shall enter a balloting booth, select one candidate (referring to one political party in the election of the proportional representative National Assembly members and the election of the proportional representative local council members), from among those
entered in the ballot paper, make a mark in the corresponding column of the ballot paper, fold the ballot paper on the spot so that other persons can not see the contents, and then put it in the ballot box in the presence of the voting witnesses.


<Amended by Act No. 6663, Mar. 7, 2002; Act No. 7189, Mar. 12, 2004; Act No. 7681, Aug. 4, 2005>


(5) If the ballot paper is damaged or spoiled after issued to an elector for any reason attributable to him, no new ballot paper shall be issued.


(6) An elector may enter a polling station (in cases of a child who is a primary school pupil, excluding the balloting booth) along primary school pupil or younger child within the limit of not impeding the order of the polling station, and one who is unable to record his/her vote for himself due to a visual or physical impairment may be accompanied by his/her family or two persons nominated by him/her to assist in his/her voting.


<Amended by Act No. 6265, Feb. 16, 2000; Act No. 7189, Mar. 12, 2004>


(7) Except as provided in paragraph (6), two or more persons shall not enter the same balloting booth at the same time.


(8) Methods of sealing and delivering ballot papers and procedures for marking on ballot papers and other necessary matters shall be determined by Regulations of the National Election Commission.


<Amended by Act No. 7681, Aug. 4, 2005>