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Article 26

Responsibilities of the Central Electoral Commission during the Electoral Period

(1) During an electoral period, the Central Electoral Commission shall have the following responsibilities:

a)coordinates the activity of all election administration bodies to prepare for and conduct elections, according to this Code;

b)oversees the implementation of this Code’s provisions and other laws with provisions related to the conduct of elections;

c) establishes electoral districts and district electoral councils and supervises their activity;

d) based on the data provided by the Ministry of Justice, publishes the list of parties and other socio-political organisations eligible to run in elections, and registers candidates and their authorised representatives in the event of parliamentary and presidential elections;

e) distributes funds allotted for conducting elections; oversees the provisions for district electoral councils and for precinct electoral of bureaus with premises, oversees election related transportation and communication issues, and examines other issues of technical and material support for elections;

f) establishes ballot forms, main voter lists, the supplementary list, the list for voting at the place of residence, the minutes of meetings of district electoral councils and precinct electoral bureaus, the statement of income and property of the candidates, and other documents relevant to the conduct of elections, as well as the design of ballot boxes and of the stamps for electoral councils and bureaus;

g) considers communications from public authority bodies on issues concerning the preparation and conduct of elections;

h) resolves issues regarding the participation in elections of citizens who are out of the country on election day;

h1) ensures the monitoring over the observance of the principle of equality between women and men in the electoral campaign for parliamentary elections and for local elections;

i) sums up the results of the elections in the entire country and, if necessary, submits a report on the results of elections to the Constitutional Court;

j) adopts decisions on the activities of district electoral councils and precinct electoral bureaus, election procedures, organisation and conduct of elections, and technical and administrative issues;

k) ensures training for members of election administration bodies and employees of their apparatus; provides election information for voters through mass-media and always upon request;

l) considers applications and appeals of decisions and actions of district electoral councils and precinct electoral bureaus, and adopts enforceable decisions thereupon; 

m) decides on the detachment of electoral council members from their main employment during their involvement in the latter’s activities, determines the
number of precinct electoral bureau members who may be detached from their main employment and the period of their detachment;

n) ensures conduct of the second round of elections, repeated elections, early, new and partial elections, pursuant to the provisions of this Code;

o) collects information about citizen participation in elections, sums up preliminary results and makes public the final results;

p) applies sanctions provided by the present Code for violation of electoral legislation and the legislation on nancing political parties and electoral campaigns.