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Article 33

(1) After all the valid ballot envelopes have been opened, the polling station commission shall rule on the validity of ballot papers that were in ballot envelopes containing several ballot papers, torn ballot papers or ballot papers from another constituency.

(2) If a ballot envelope contains several identical ballot papers, only one of them shall be regarded as valid; it shall be placed together with other valid ballot papers, but the remaining ones shall be regarded as invalid.

(3) Empty ballot envelopes and ballot envelopes that contain torn ballot papers shall be regarded as envelopes that contain invalid ballot papers.

(4) If a ballot envelope contains more than one ballot paper and if these ballot papers are different in content (or have different markings), the ballot envelope shall be regarded as an envelope that contains an invalid ballot paper.

(5) The polling station commission shall resolve differences of opinion concerning the validity of ballot papers by majority vote. In case of a tie vote, the chairperson of the commission shall have the deciding vote.

(6) The valid ballot papers shall be grouped according to the names of the lists of candidates. Then the votes cast for each list of candidates shall be counted.

(7) After the votes cast for each list of candidates have been counted, the polling station commission, in accordance with the procedure set by the Central Election Commission, shall promptly announce the number of votes cast for each list of candidates.

(As amended by the 30 May 2002 Law)