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Article 19(4)
 

– (1) Voting shall begin at 7:00 hours and shall end at 21:00 hours. At the premises of the polling station there shall be posted the polling hours in a visible place, namely: the time it starts and the time it closes.


(2) The electors may vote at the polling station where their entries are: on the copy of the permanent electoral roll or on the copy of the special electoral roll or at any other polling station, under the terms stipulated by Article 92.


(3) The electors’ access to the polling station room shall be admitted in succession, according to the number of polling booths. The Community national and The Community voter shall present the identity document to the electoral bureau of the polling station. As the president of the electoral bureau of the polling station or the member assigned by him checks the entry on the copy of the permanent electoral roll or on the copy of the special electoral roll, the elector signs at the position corresponding to his/her entry. The president of the electoral bureau of the polling station or the member assigned by him shall deliver to the elector on a signature basis on the copy of the permanent electoral roll or on the copy of the special electoral roll, the ballot box and stamp with the specification “VOTED” to be affixed on the ballot box. In the event the elector cannot sign the electoral roll, based on solid grounds, ascertained by the president of the electoral bureau of the polling station, the president shall operate a specification on the roll, confirmed by his signature and by the signature of one more member of the electoral bureau.


(4) In the event the elector’s entry is not to be found on the copy of the permanent electoral roll or on the copy of the special electoral roll, the president of the electoral bureau of the polling station or the member assigned by him shall check whether the provisions of Article 92 are met, and prevents the elector from voting if these provisions are not met.


(5) The Romanian citizens who are abroad on the reference date may vote for the election of the members from Romania to the European Parliament only if they cannot find their entries on the table drawn up by the Permanent Electoral Authority which contains the names of the Romanian citizens who exercise their voting right in the elections to the European Parliament from another state of the European Union.


(6) On the reference date, the Community voters who wish to vote in another polling station than in the one where there are their entries on the copy of the special electoral roll shall vote only if the county electoral bureau or the district electoral bureau confirms, upon the telephone request of the president of the electoral bureau of 34 the polling station, that their names have been entered on the special electoral rolls. The Community voters who are abroad on the reference date shall vote for the election of the members from Romania to the European Parliament only if they can find their entries on the table drawn up by the Permanent Electoral Authority which contains the names of the Community voters that entered on the special electoral rolls.


(7) The electors shall vote in closed booths, affixing the stamp with the specification “VOTED” inside the quadrilateral which contains the list of candidates or the full name of the independent candidate they intend to vote. The stamp with the specification “VOTED” shall be smaller in size than the quadrilateral.


(8) The presence of any other person outside the one who votes is forbidden. The elector who, on solid grounds, ascertained by the president of the electoral bureau of the polling station, cannot vote alone is entitled to call an attendant chosen by him/her to the booth, in order to help him/her. The attendant shall neither be part of the group of observers, nor from the members of the electoral bureau of the polling station.


(9) After they have voted, the electors shall fold their ballot papers so that the unprinted page bearing the control stamp remains outside and they shall introduce them into the ballot box, taking care not to open. The faulty folding of the ballot paper shall not incur the nullity thereof.


(10) At the elector’s request, in the event he/she has incorrectly affixed the stamp with the specification “VOTED”, but he/she has not yet introduced the ballot paper in the ballot box, the president of the electoral bureau of the polling station may deliver him/her only once a new ballot paper, by holding and rejecting the initial ballot paper and making the mentioning thereof in the statement report referred to in Article 197.


(11) The stamp handed over for voting shall be handed back to the president or to those members of the electoral bureau of the polling station assigned by him, and then the president or the respective member shall affix on the identity paper or document, where appropriate, the stamp with the specification “VOTED”, and the election date or, where appropriate, a self-adhesive stamp with the specification “VOTED”, and the election date.


(12) The president may take the necessary measures, so that an elector’s staying in the polling booth shall not last more than necessary.


(13) The candidates and any of the electors are entitled to contest the identity of the person who comes to vote. In this case, the identity may be settled by the president of the electoral bureau of the polling station by any legal means.


(14) In the event the dispute proves to be well-grounded, the president of the electoral bureau of the polling station shall prevent from voting the contested elector, shall record the fact in a minute, and notify the situation to the qualified authorities.


(15) The president of the electoral bureau of the polling station may suspend the voting for well-grounded reasons. The total duration of the interruptions may not exceed one hour. The interruption shall be notified by posting at the door of the polling station premises, immediately after the event which initiated the interruption.


(16) During the interruption, the ballot boxes, the stamps, ballot papers, and the other documents or material of the electoral bureau of the polling station shall remain on permanent watch. During the interruption, more than half of the members of the electoral bureau of the polling station are not allowed to leave the polling station room concomitantly. The candidates and the observers shall not be forced to leave the polling station room during this interval.


(17) The president of the electoral bureau of the polling station or, in his absence, his deputy shall be obliged to receive and to register any written petition with regard to the disorders produced during the voting process, submitted by members of the electoral 35 bureau of the polling station, candidates, observers or electors present in the voting station aiming to exercise their voting right. In the event he is submitted the petition in duplicate, the president of the electoral bureau of the polling station, his deputy, as appropriate, shall mention on the copy, which remains at the person who has submitted the petition, the fact that he has been acknowledged about the respective petition, and its registration number.*


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* Introduced by G.E.O. no. 11/2009.