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Article 133

Allocation of Councillor Mandate in Council

(1) The mandate of councillor for rayon, town (municipality), sector or village (commune) councils shall be allocated by respective district electoral councils

(2) Seats in the council shall be allocated to parties, other socio-political organisations and electoral blocs by dividing the number of valid votes cast for each party, other socio-political organisation and electoral bloc with 1,2,3,4... etc., up to the figure that corresponds to the number of seats established for the respective electoral district.

(3) From the results of all the divisions and the number of valid votes cast for independent candidates, they shall select in descending order as many numbers as there are seats to be allocated in the electoral district. The quantity of numbers chosen in descending order at the disposal of party, other socio-political organisation, or electoral bloc shall correspond to the number of seats due to them.

(4) An independent candidate shall be considered elected provided the number of votes cast for him/her fits within the system of selecting numbers in descending order.

(5) Council seats shall be allocated to candidates running for council in the order of their registration on the lists, beginning with the list which received the most votes. 

(6) If there is more than one candidate with the same number of votes for the last non-allocated seat, the district electoral council shall allocate the seat by drawing of lots. This fact shall be recorded in the minutes.

(7) If a party, other socio-political organisation, or electoral bloc is allocated a number of mandates exceeding the number of candidates on its list, the extra number selected in descending order from a respective organisation shall be eliminated and replaced by a number selected in descending order of the other candidates.

(8) If only independent candidates run for councils, the district electoral council shall draw up a list with the number of votes cast for the candidates in descending order and allocate every candidate one mandate.

(9) Candidates included in the lists but not elected shall be declared candidates on the reserve list. In the event a council mandate belonging to a party, other socio-political organisation, or electoral bloc becomes vacant before the end of term, it will be allocated to one of the candidates on a reserve list of the respective party, socio-political organisation or electoral bloc, in the order of their entry in the list.

In the event that the list of candidates in reserve is exhausted, the replacement of the vacant mandate is done by restoring the descending order excluding the number of the respective candidate and including the following.

(10) In the event that the seat allocated to an independent candidate becomes vacant, the vacancy shall be completed by restoring the descending order, excluding the number belonging to the respective candidate and including the number following in the range.

(11) If only independent candidates are included on the ballots, in the event of a vacant mandate, the candidate on the reserve list is allocated the mandate under paragraph (10) of this article.

(12) Mandates to candidates on reserve lists hall be allocated by the Central Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Regulations on the procedure of cancellation and validation of the mandates of councillors, approved by a decision of the Central Electoral Commission and based on the documents stored by the Central Electoral Commission.