Determination of sequence numbers for electoral subjects
1. A sequence number shall be determined for an electoral subject not earlier than on the 36th day and not later than on the 30th before the Election Day, as defined in this article. In order to determine the sequence number of an electoral subject, appropriate procedures shall be conducted in the respective election commission premises in the presence of persons authorised to be present at the session of the commission.
2. A political union that received the most votes during the previous parliamentary elections held under the proportional system may be the first to choose a sequence number. A representative of a political union shall file an application with the CEC, whereby the political union shall maintain the sequence number assigned to it during the previous parliamentary elections or shall take number ‘one’. The political unions that were in second and third places according to the results of the previous parliamentary elections shall have the right to successively choose a sequence number under the same procedure. Those political unions may maintain the number assigned to them during the previous parliamentary elections or may choose numbers ‘two’ or ‘three’ accordingly, except when the number assigned to them during the previous parliamentary elections has been assigned to a political union that placed higher in the previous parliamentary elections.
3. If a sequence number was assigned to an electoral bloc that came in first, second or third place in proportional electoral system during the previous parliamentary elections held under the proportional electoral system, a party nominated first in the electoral bloc list may use the same number.
4. If political parties having run in the previous parliamentary elections, of which at least one party is authorised to choose a sequence number, create an electoral bloc for elections, they shall specify in the statute of the bloc whether they will use for the party the sequence number of this party (if there are more than one party – the sequence number of which party), or they will use the right to choose first, second or third number, as defined by paragraph 2 of this Article.
5. Sequence numbers for all electoral subjects shall (except for electoral subjects referred to in paragraphs (2-4) of this article, be determined by casting lots.
6. In order to cast lots, the commission chairperson shall write on sheets of paper of the same type, size, and shape with the same pen numbers corresponding to the number of parties and electoral blocs independently participating in the elections. Natural numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) shall be used for sequence numbers. If the sequence number of an electoral subject that is authorised to choose a sequence number is higher than the number of the electoral subjects, and if the electoral subject concerned has maintained the number, the number of this electoral subject shall be written instead of the highest sequence number. Each sheet of paper shall be certified by the commission seal. After having been certified, the numbers chosen according to the procedure set in paragraphs (2-4) of this article shall be set aside. All remaining sheets of paper shall be folded so as to make it impossible to read the numbers written thereon. The CEC Chairperson shall put the sheets of paper in a transparent box and one representative of each party and electoral bloc shall take one sheet of paper out of the box. The number identified by casting lots shall be assigned to an electoral subject.
7. Majoritarian candidates nominated by a party/electoral bloc shall have the same sequence number assigned to the nominating political party/electoral bloc.
8. The respective DEC shall assign a sequence number, by casting lots, to the candidate nominated by an initiative group of voters. In order to cast lots, the commission chairperson shall write numbers corresponding to the number of majoritarian candidates nominated by the initiative group of voters in the electoral district on sheets of paper of the same type, size, and shape with the same pen. The numbers shall start from the number following the highest sequence number assigned to parties/electoral blocs running in elections. Each sheet of paper shall be endorsed by the commission seal. All sheets of paper shall be folded so as to make it impossible to read the numbers written thereon. The commission chairperson shall put the sheets of paper in a transparent box and one representative of each initiative group of voters shall take one sheet of paper out of the box. The number identified by casting lots shall be assigned to an electoral subject.
9. If electoral registration of an electoral subject is cancelled, the remaining electoral subjects shall maintain their assigned sequence numbers.
10. Not later than the 25th day before the polling day the CEC shall publish on its official website the lists of registered parties, including the data of candidates registered in a majoritarian electoral district that are entered onto a ballot paper.