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Article 7
 

Postal Ballot Officer and Postal Ballot Board

Article 6 shall apply as appropriate to Postal Ballot Officers and Postal Ballot Boards, with the following conditions:

1. In the appointment of more than one Postal Ballot Board pursuant to Article 8 (1) of the Law for one constituency and in the appointment of Postal Ballot Boards pursuant to Article 8 (3) of the Law for one or more communes or for each district within a constituency, the number of postal ballot letters allotted to a Postal Ballot Board must not be so small that it becomes evident how individual voters have voted; at least fifty postal ballot letters should be allotted to each Postal Ballot Board.

2. The Land Government or the agency designated by it shall decide how many Postal Bal-lot Boards are to be appointed in the event of an order being issued pursuant to Article 8 (3) of the Law so that the result of the postal ballot can be established on election day itself.

3. Should one Postal Ballot Board be appointed for more than one commune under an order issued pursuant to Article 8 (3) of the Law, one of these communes shall be charged to conduct the postal ballot.

4. The members of the Postal Ballot Boards for the individual constituencies should, wher-ever possible, be appointed from among the electorate of the constituency who are resident at the seat of the office of the District Returning Officer; the members of Postal Ballot Boards for one or more communes or for each district within a constituency should, wherever possible, be appointed from among the electorate resident in the communes or districts.

5. The District Returning Officer shall make the venue and time of the meeting of the Postal Ballot Board public, advise the Electoral Officer and his or her deputy of their obligation to carry out the functions of their offices duties impartially and not to disclose any information to which they have become privy in the course of their official functions, inform the members of the Postal Ballot Board of their duties and summon them; the same shall apply as appropriate to the appointment of two or more Postal Ballot Boards for one constituency. Should Postal Ballot Boards be established for one or more communes or for each district within a constituency, the relevant commune or the local authority of the commune charged pursuant to Paragraph 3 above or the relevant administrative authority of the district shall discharge these duties.

6. The Postal Ballot Board shall be deemed to have a quorum,

for the approval or rejection of ballot letters pursuant to Article 75 (1) and (2), if at least three members are present,

for the establishment of the postal ballot result pursuant to Article 75 (3), if at least five members are present,

including in each case the Electoral Officer and protocolist or their deputies.