The text of the ballot for elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus is approved by the Central Commission, whereas the text of the ballot for elections of deputy is approved by the respective circuit or territorial electoral commission.
The ballot includes, in the alphabetic order, all registered candidates for the President of the Republic of Belarus or for deputy specifying the surname, name and patronymic, date of birth, profession, office (occupation), place of work and place of residence and party membership of each candidate for the President or deputy.An empty square is placed on the right side of the data on each candidate. A line «Against all candidates» is placed at the end of the list of candidates with an empty square on its right side.If the ballot contains only one candidate for the Presidents of the Republic of Belarus, the text of the ballot shall have words “for” and “against” under which empty squares are placed.
Production of ballots for the elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus is ensured by the Central Commission and for the elections of deputies – by circuit or territorial electoral commissions.In the case of necessity circuit or territorial electoral commissions may apply with a request to produce ballots to the superior territorial commission.
When holding the elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus, deputies of the House of Representatives, it is allowed to produce ballots by precinct commissions located outside the Republic of Belarus.
The number of produced ballot may not be less than the number of voters included in the lists of citizens having the right to participate in the elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus or deputies.The number of reserve ballots shall not exceed 5 percent of the number of voters.The concrete number of produced ballots is determined by the respective commission.
Transfer of ballots from a higher electoral commission to a lower electoral commission including a precinct commission is performed under an act.The precinct electoral commissions are provided with ballots not later than a day preceding the early voting day, and the precinct electoral commissions where early voting is not held – not later than on the day preceding the elections day.Chairpersons of the commissions carrying out obtainment, transfer and keeping of ballots bear responsibility for keeping the ballots.
Each ballot must contain explanations how to fill it in.
Ballots are printed in the Belarusian and Russian languages.The reverse side of the ballot must contain signatures of not less than two persons who are members of the precinct commission.
Ballots for elections of local Councils of Deputies of different territorial levels must have different color or another distinguishing sign.
In case of withdrawal of a candidate for the President of the Republic of Belarus or for deputy on the eve of the elections and if it is not possible to make new ballots, the Central Commission, circuit or territorial electoral commissions, respectively instructs the precinct commissions to make in each ballot with ink or a ball-pen a note «withdrew» against the surname of the candidate who withdrew.A notice on the above is also displayed in the premises for voting and this fact is reported to the voters when they receive ballots.
Ballots for the elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus, for the elections of deputies after establishing the results of voting shall be handed over, with the protocols of precinct electoral commissions, to the relevant territorial, circuit electoral commissions