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Article 161

(Amended by Article 1 of Law 2234 on 17/5/1979)

(Amended first paragraph: by Article 307 of Law 5728 on 23 January 2008)

Those who displace, move or open a ballot box for any reason without complying to the relevant procedure or without authority, those who steal or destroy a ballot box, who take out the ballots and envelopes from a ballot box, and steal or destroy them or replace them by other ballots or steal or destroy ballot envelopes which have already been taken out of a ballot box or replace them with other ballots are sentenced to prison terms for three to five years.
In case such offences are committed by using violence or coercion or fraud, the penalty is doubled.